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The UK government has unveiled the definition of broadband, which it says covers the speeds available across the country.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) said that the definition will help consumers to understand what speeds are available in their area, and to help make the right choice about which internet service to choose.
The definition includes the use of fixed broadband speeds and satellite services.
However, the definition does not include speeds over 5 megabits per second (Mbps) or 4Mbps or 10Mbps.
“Broadband has always been about getting online faster, and with today’s world, we are at the beginning of the transition towards a world of connected homes,” said the DDCMS’ chief executive, David Hill.
“We need to get this right to ensure the benefits of a connected world are shared by all.”
The definition is a step in the right direction and we hope it will help all of us get on with our lives more quickly.
“A spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills said: “Broadband is a key part of our success, with a majority of households using at least one broadband provider.
“While we recognise that broadband is becoming more important, it’s not just about broadband speeds.
It’s about the whole package, which includes fibre, satellite and other technology.”
This is because broadband is a crucial part of delivering the benefits and security of the digital economy and it’s why we are putting in place a national broadband strategy.
“However, he said the definition was not a final one, and could be modified.”
As a regulator, the DDSM has a responsibility to ensure that broadband provides the best possible service to customers and to promote a healthy environment for innovation and economic growth.
“Therefore, the scope for change in the definition remains to be seen.”
The new definition will include speeds of 4Mbps and above.