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The UK Digital Economy Bill has had its first reading in the House of Commons. The Bill aims to improve public services through digital technologies, increase protection for citizens, and provide better connectivity.


  • A core aspect of the new Bill involves paving the way for a universal service obligation (USO) for broadband, which would lead to all citizens having the legal right to request a 10Mbps broadband connection.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the proposed measure to introduce a USO for broadband.
  • Assesses the impact of introducing automatic compensation for service disruptions.

Key questions answered

  • How will the reforms to the Electronic Communications Code improve rural connectivity?
  • How does the UK's approach to service disruption compensation compare with the rest of Europe?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The reformed Electronic Communications Code and USO for broadband should improve rural connectivity
  • Automatic compensation for service disruptions needs to be set at a level that encourages better service quality
  • Strong safeguards are required to protect against unlawful sharing of public data


  • Further reading
  • Author

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