A message from Dave
My fellow Britons!
Sorry about Mondays speech, what I meant to say was:
We need hi-speed connectivity because our policies mean ,
1.) All those with chronic medical conditions will be monitored in their homes, thus reducing the pressure on our hospitals.
2.) Individual car journeys need to reduce by 30%, because of our commitment to reducing polution and our belief in the benfits of better connectivity.
3.) Nuisance crime will be resolved through online evidence and payments to national charities
4.) Equal access to education assumes univesral access to the UK Digital Commons
5.) All state benefits will be administered online
6.) Working from home means your connectivity to the home must support the applications you use at work.
7.) Better home care for the elderly, includes two-way visual connectivity.
A universal service hi-speed data service is needed because futre public service cannot be delivered any other way, not meaningfully anyway.
To that end we will,
Support industry in developing voluntary proposals for universal access, replacing the outdated obligations. We envisage a minimum guaranteed speed and quality within the higher best efforts claims of 24Mbps, 50Mbps or a 100Mbps. The minimum needs is determined by the application supported, not policitians guessing at what is needed.
Support directly new network investment where it is tied to delivering new and better services, where the old infrstructure will not deliver the needed bandwidth or quality throughput. Rolling out fibre to support iPlayer distribution is not what we have in mind, but anything that could reduce the re-offending costs of £11.5bn per anumn would get a good hearing. Any new increases in car tax or fuel taxes will fund directly this network investment, but the benefits must be proven.
Our vision for a UK Digital Commons, includes Broadband services where the end the end service you are buying is clearly described, where traffic priorities are set by the customer and where future network options are not mortgaged through spectrum auctions.
If the creation of a voluntary industry univsersal service code works for Broadband, we will seek the same for gas, water and electricity. Any increase in cost for individual services will be matched by a equivalent reduction in taxation.
Finally, we understand Lord Carter may include some of these proposals in his digital review. We will applaud him if he does!