Start of broadband universal service scheme welcomed by Carmichael

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.”

He continued:

“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.”

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