Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the implementation today of the broadband universal service scheme. As of today, people throughout the UK have the legal right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection from BT.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Even as we face the challenges of the coronavirus spread, the start of the broadband universal service scheme is welcome news. While I accept that there may be some delays in the implementation given the current circumstances, I encourage anyone interested to apply for an upgrade as soon as possible.”
“At a time when more and more people are forced to work from home and self-isolate, the need for quality broadband in every corner of the United Kingdom has never been clearer.
“The Northern Isles are some of the worst-affected areas of the country for poor broadband connection. The introduction of a legal right to request an upgrade can only be a positive step towards a fairer broadband network.”