Digital Minister Matt Hancock reiterates broadband and mobile network commitments

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UK’s Digital Minister Matt Hancock has reaffirmed the government earlier commitments to broadband and mobile networking policy despite political uncertainty after the general election.

Hancock, who retained his post at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) after the recent cabinet reshuffle, promised to continue with the government’s goal to deliver full fibre, 5G and minimum guaranteed broadband speeds.

The government has mentioned technology as an important pillar of the economy post-Brexit. However, the shock result of last week’s general election resulted in some uncertainty.

Hancock said the Conservative’s digital agenda would not be affected with the results.

He told Connected Britain in London, “The assurance I can give you with the return of a Conservative government, myself as minister of culture and Karen Bradley as secretary of state is we have our feet firmly under the table.

“We are clearly committed to strengthening the UK’s position as a world leading digital economy and it is cornerstone of our economic and social development. We’re committed to affordable high speed connectivity to ever business and home.”

Hancock said the government will go ahead with proposals for a £400m fund for full-fibre broadband, the national 5G strategy, and plans for a universal service obligation (USO).

The minister also said he will take part in the European Union’s Electronic Communications Code reforms until the UK leaves the EU.

In the Conservative Party’s manifesto unveiled during election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to transform the way the Internet works in the country.

The manifesto, which reaffirmed the Government’s existing direction, included a goal of 2022 for achieving 95% geographic coverage of Mobile connectivity and 10 million premises connected to full fibre.

It also says that the majority of population should have access to 5G by 2027 and a high speed USO must be in place by 2020.