2Mbps broadband plans backed by UK government

According to an article by the BBC, the UK Government has announced that it will be supporting plans meaning everyone in the UK will have access to at least 2Mbps broadband, by 2012. The plans, proposed by Lord Carter earlier in the year, have been backed by the government. The chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, said "I am allocating extra funding for digital investment, to help to extend the broadband network to almost every community."

The extra funding was announced as part of the new budget for the UK today. Money not spent from the BBC Digital Switch-over scheme may be used to partially pay for the service. Part of the cost of making the service more widely available may be pushed over to Internet Service Providers.

There has been much debate about broadband availability in the UK recently, with various different plans announced. Some argue that money should be spent on making broadband widely available, whilst others argue the money should be spent on making the already existing broadband faster, in order to keep up with other countries.

The final report, named the "Digital Britain" report, is due this Summer, which will reveal more details about how the UK will keep up with technology.

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This is good news for people like me, who, down in Devon often have limited broadband availability. Until we moved into a town (small village really, but they call it a town), we had no broadband access in the hamlet we lived in.

2mbps for EVERY house would be great. Many of my friends who have broadband access can only get 128Kbps max at their houses, we are lucky in that we live next door to the exchange (virtually).

aarste said,
2mbps isn't very good, this is so... 10years ago? Our government blows.


Oh psh 768Kbps is considered broadband in the USA.. at one point it was 128Kbps

BT have said that we'll have 100 Mb cable service in a couple of years and if that's true and the pricing aint bad I'll switch from my virgin media 50Mb cable service.

BT have also said that they believe the UK will one day have the fastest connections in the world and have said they believe one day as technology improves we'll have cable lines capable of 1000Mb. I'm 26 right now and I think I'll be in my 40's by the time we see anything like that sort of speed but if it happens one day then that will be a great thing for us brits.

+1 - By th time anything decent broadband wise happens in the UK i thnk most of us will be pushing up the daisies!

No doubt BT will charge waaaay over the odds for their new services!

lee26 said,
BT have said that we'll have 100 Mb cable service in a couple of years and if that's true and the pricing aint bad I'll switch from my virgin media 50Mb cable service.

BT have also said that they believe the UK will one day have the fastest connections in the world and have said they believe one day as technology improves we'll have cable lines capable of 1000Mb. I'm 26 right now and I think I'll be in my 40's by the time we see anything like that sort of speed but if it happens one day then that will be a great thing for us brits.

Gigabit internet has already been rolled out in certain cities in Japan.
Busby Telecom will never be a world leader in telecommunications.

I read a story on the BBC news site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7104011.stm) a few weeks ago about how one company was laying Gb broadband cables in sewers, so really I don't see why more people can't have that in the not too distant future. One of the downsides of relying on a sewage system is that it is confined to urban areas, but it costs much less to lay them in sewers, so ISPs could lay them at little expense and keep their profits, and just spend a bit more digging up roads in rural areas.

To the people who are arguing over the whole speed thing, yes, ADSL does suffer from distance and line quality, but, BT are already working on putting new servers etc into those green BT boxes which you find all over the place to get a better connection.

It is truly sad how much of the UK is technologically a backwater pit. Nearly half of residences don't even have broadband, and maybe not even dial-up.

Maybe in another 2 decades UK will be closer to not being a joke when it comes to mass adoption of tech.

So by 2012, Crap Britain (Hey, I'm a citizen, so I'm entitled to comment on its Greatness, or lack thereof), Crap Britain will have reached 2002 standards....

its only 2mb the plan in aust is meant to be a getting 100 Megabits per second to 90% of homes n businesses n the remainder by next generation wireless and satellite with speeds of 12 Megabits per second.

Not to mention how much more vast Austalia is land wise. 2Mb to me doesn't seem overly special at all but I guess it's something for those that don't have it. Still, I'm inclined to think if they have to put in new infrastructure they should do it properly to begin with rather than aiming for speeds that were surpassed years ago.

Surely to do this they will have to replace some lines in which case they should be made capable of a few hundred mbps not 2.

I think the big problem is these people don't even know how fast 2mpbs is and how companies will also circumvent giving people it. If everyone had 2mbps all the time it would be great, but everyone knows BT and the likes will throttle in peak periods still.

mmck said,
Generally on lines but cable seems unaffected mostly.

Cable is rubbish. I get 700-750k about 80% of the time on 8Mb ADSL. My friends cable Virgin 24Mb he says the most he has ever got is 400kb.

Max� said,
Cable is rubbish. I get 700-750k about 80% of the time on 8Mb ADSL. My friends cable Virgin 24Mb he says the most he has ever got is 400kb.

Sounds like you are both very far from your local exchange to get such low speeds. No provider can fix that for you, tbh.

McDave said,
All internet providers seem to use throttling these days it's not just BT.

There are many ISP's in britain which don't throttle, just normally they are normally more expensive.

Always get 1.1MB on my 10MB Virgin connection. Obviously only when I haven't been capped for downloading too much

admf said,
Sounds like you are both very far from your local exchange to get such low speeds. No provider can fix that for you, tbh.

Low speeds? 8Mbit =1mbyte/s or less, he gets 700kb/s. Not very low IMO.

SK[ said,]Always get 1.1MB on my 10MB Virgin connection. Obviously only when I haven't been capped for downloading too much :(


I got throttled by Plusnet the other day, 128k, wootage -_-

Remember guys that broadband speed is measured in MegaBITS per second, whereas download is usually calculated in MegaBYTES per second, therefore:

Max_Download_Speed = Download_Speed / 8.

So by that logic:

10Mb/s = 1.25MB/s download
8Mb/s = 1MB/s download

:)

petroid said,
They can spy on us faster! :woot:



Probably, however this patsy government will be gone by December then some decent politicians can come in implement faster changes and we will all enjoy at least 8mbps-1.

This government talk-the-talk, but, never walk-the-walk, it's another load of b.s. about technology.

Virtually 90% of the population can get at least 2mbps-1.

So whats the story Jackanory Labor party.

BT are setting up FTTP in certain area's to test the technology on the exchanges, then it should spread out, I think it was something like 40% by 2012.

leesmithg said,
government will be gone by December

Actually the next general election can be held at June 2010 at the latest, sorry but you won't ditch labour that easily.

leesmithg said,
Probably, however this patsy government will be gone by December then some decent politicians can come in implement faster changes and we will all enjoy at least 8mbps-1.

So naive.

EDIT: Epic UTF-8 fail

I think it is a step in the right direction although they should also be trying to put fiber in places that already has 2mb :P