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posted by janrinok on Saturday January 22, @07:05PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the surprise,-surprise dept.

UK parliamentary committee casts doubt on government's gigabit connectivity targets:

The rapid roll-out of gigabit broadband throughout the UK is a source of pride for the UK government, indeed singled out by prime minister Boris Johnson as one of his personal triumphs, but a report from the UK parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is doubting whether the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will meet even its downgraded target to roll out super-fast, gigabit broadband to 85% of the UK by 2025.

Furthermore, the PAC warns that despite the progress that has been made in taking full-fibre across the country, energising the altnet provider industry, the DCMS is relying too heavily on commercial contractors for the progress that has been made.

[...] However, by November 2020, the UK government began backtracking on its ambitious targets. When announcing his Spending Review in late November 2020, Sunak rowed back, reducing the original commitment to provide £5bn of public funding for hard-to-reach areas that have been traditionally badly served by broadband providers.

[...] The PAC said then that it appeared "clear that government's 2019 election pledge to deliver nationwide gigabit broadband connectivity by 2025 was unachievable", noting the UK government has committed less than a quarter of the £5bn funding needed to support roll-out to the hardest-to-reach 20% of premises. It slammed what it called a "litany" of UK government failures in gigabit broadband roll-out. In 2020, the DCMS accepted its original plan for delivering nationwide gigabit broadband across the country by 2025 was unachievable and revised that target down to 85% coverage by 2025.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @08:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @08:11PM (#1214859)

    There's no money for this "gigabit internet", hospitals, or any other bit of infrastructure.. Forget about it, and reelect Donald Tru... er.... Boris Johnson, the name you know

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @11:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @11:48PM (#1214881)

    not every house gets a transformer ... but you can apply for a connection to/from it?
    hopefully this "gigabit" project has enough "transformers" ...
    (*) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength-division_multiplexing [wikipedia.org]

    oh, and here( are a (bunch of) brackets )i forgot to)close))

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @12:20AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @12:20AM (#1214889)

    She heard Prince Andrew was using gigabit internet to download CP and forced slowdown of its rollout.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @02:07AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @02:07AM (#1214906)

      Andrew, formerly known as Prince.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Thexalon on Sunday January 23, @04:38AM

    by Thexalon (636) on Sunday January 23, @04:38AM (#1214920)

    Newscaster: Minister, may I put the first question to you? In your plan, 'A Better Britain For Us', you claimed that you would roll out gigabit Internet for 88 million billion houses a year in the Greater London area alone. In fact, you've done so for only three in the last fifteen years. Are you a bit disappointed with this result?

    Minister: No, no. I'd like to answer this question if I may in two ways. Firstly in my normal voice and then in a kind of silly high-pitched whine.

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    Alcohol makes the world go round ... and round and round.
  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @07:41PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @07:41PM (#1215075)

    These politicians are too busy purposely destroying the nation with non-White immigration. No money for Whitey when you're busy housing invaders, aiding and abetting White child/teen sex slavery, covering up other violent crime against Whitey and throwing natives (Whites) in jail for any mild complaining they might dare to do. Rise up and kill these traitors and the hand-rubbing noses in your country. Then, repatriate all the invaders, with any force required. It will only get harder as the hordes multiply inside your borders. Of course this goes for all White nations; who are all suffering under the ongoing Kalergi plan.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @09:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @09:38PM (#1215100)

      You've got some serious mental issues.

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