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UK Government Now Requires New Homes to Have Gigabit Broadband Infrastructure

Access to the internet is not something that people can progress without. That’s why it is so surprising that around 12% of the new homes that are built in the UK every year simply don’t have the infrastructure required to provide gigabit broadband to its residents. The British government passed a law back in 2010 that sought to limit new homes that didn’t have gigabit broadband capabilities.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that these laws have now been updated. Only 2% of future homes will be able to get constructed without such capabilities having been put in place. It can be quite disruptive to have to put in the infrastructure yourself after moving. If the house has not already been optimized, considerable renovation work may end up being required.

Home developers will now have to spend up to nearly $2,500 to install the requisite infrastructure. This can do a lot to expand gigabit broadband access to far more consumers than might have been the case otherwise. Some homes might still struggle to have access to this internet, particularly those that are located in rural areas. In spite of the fact that this is the case, the British government still requires builders to facilitate the next best level of internet that is available in those areas.

Another law that has been passed will force developers to add the infrastructure into existing homes if the residents request it. This extends to renters as well which is heartening because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up putting home owners and renters on an even footing for a change.

This step is being widely hailed as a positive move in the right direction. Internet access is essential particularly in this day and age when remote work is fast becoming the norm. Broadband providers can now add infrastructure without having to wait for permission from landlords, and that will do a lot to provide much more widespread access to British people in most cases.


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