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Broadband and the road to 5G

Inquiry

MPs launch an inquiry into Broadband and road to 5G to examine Government’s pledge to ensure every home and business in the UK has gigabit-capable broadband by 2025.

The inquiry will focus on how realistic the ambition is, what is needed to achieve it, and what the Government’s target will mean for businesses and consumers. It will also look at what role 5G technology might play, and what initiatives such as the Shared Rural Network mean for improving mobile connectivity across the UK.

The inquiry will also consider the impact of Covid-19 on the roll-out of full-fibre and 5G infrastructure.

Terms of Reference:

  • How realistic is the Government’s ambition of nationwide gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, and what measures (regulatory, financial, technical, other) will be needed to achieve it? 
  • What are the challenges to the roll-out of 5G and gigabit-capable networks? To what extent do existing legislative, regulatory and spending plans address them? 
  • What needs to happen to ensure the Government’s ‘outside in’ approach successfully addresses the digital divide while also delivering value for money?  
  • What does take-up of broadband and mobile services indicate about consumer and business attitudes to digital connectivity? What needs to be learnt from this for the roll-out of, and switchover to, gigabit-capable networks? 
  • What will be the impact on individuals and communities whose broadband and mobile connectivity fails to keep pace with the rest of the country over the next 10 years? What is the link with other DCMS policy concerns, such as changing patterns in the consumption of digital media? 
  • How effectively do the different stakeholders (UK and devolved governments, local authorities, Ofcom, industry) work together in both the mobile and broadband sectors? How might these relationships be improved to support gigabit-capable roll-out? 

Reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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20 October 2020
Inquiry Broadband and the road to 5G
Witnesses Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Oral Evidence
24 September 2020
Inquiry Broadband and the road to 5G
Witnesses Independent Networks Co-operative Association, Internet Service Providers Association, and Mobile UK
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Oral Evidence
Witnesses Ombudsman Services
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Metaswitch
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence

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