To give every household a legal right to a fast broadband connection, with a minimum speed of 10Mbps and automatic compensation when the service goes down
To make it easier and cheaper for telecommunications providers to build infrastructure for faster broadband and better mobile networks
To ensure that websites containing pornographic images require age verification
To make companies get consent from consumers before sending them promotional emails and calls, and impose fines on those who break the rules
This will help to modernise the economy and support new digital industries. The government has estimated that the Bill could save the communications sector more than £1 billion over a 20-year period and the lower costs could be passed onto consumers.
The Bill will also help protect people in the digital world. This is especially important for young people - research last year found that 1 in 5 children aged 11-17 had seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them.
Karen Bradley MP and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are in charge of this Bill.
Age verification alone may not be enough to prevent teenagers from accessing adult material. Corin Faife, in an article for The Independent, has argued that if we are to protect children, it is more important to educate them about sex and consent culture.
A minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps, while a useful target for remote areas in the UK, would not be considered ‘fast’ in better connected areas. Some might add that it is unfair that those in the remotest areas could have to contribute to the cost of the installation in order to receive the service.
How to get involved
Speak to your MP.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
As a Government Bill, it’s very likely to go through.