Internet: Broadband

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of The Bishop of Exeter The Bishop of Exeter Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to encourage the provision of high- capacity backhaul to rural base stations, including both the existing stock and those to be deployed in the Mobile Infrastructure Project, in order to (1) reduce the number of properties limited to the 2 Mbps universal service commitment, (2) deliver a bridge towards superfast broadband speeds, and (3) provide flexibility for other broadband schemes in rural communities.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Mobile Infrastructure Project is designed to improve mobile voice coverage in remote locations. The Rural Broadband Programme is addressing broadband capacity in the access network but does not have a specific objective of providing backhaul to rural base stations.

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