The UK has decided that high-speed internet should be a legal right for it’s citizens.
The British government, via its Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it will guarantee high-speed internet access for every home and business in the country by 2020.
The government agency had determined that the homes and businesses, regardless of their location, should receive internet speeds of at least 10mbps by 2020.
Under the universal service obligation, broadband internet providers will now be legally required to provide high-speed broadband to anyone requesting it, The Guardian reported. Parliament should pass legislation regarding the universal service obligation in early 2018 and the process will take around two years to complete.
According to the UK’s digital minister, the country is still behind many other countries when it comes to internet speed, noting that 97 percent of connections in Japan have “full-fiber” lines, while only 3 percent in the UK can say the same.
The UK’s decision comes just days after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump voted to repeal net neutrality regulations, which were put in place to prevent internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic and creating paid fast lanes for certain users. Without the regulations, many fear that internet service providers will start amplifying certain content over others and charging for access to different and specific parts of the internet.
The move was widely opposed and polls showed wide support for the 2015 net neutrality regulations, as there had been some cases before they went into effect where providers had slowed internet traffic and throttled certain sites.