The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the voice of the UK Internet industry, supports the Chancellor’s new ambition of connecting the majority of homes to even faster broadband.

ISPA is also pleased with the extra Government support for different technologies to deliver broadband to the hardest-to-reach areas and that the Connection Vouchers scheme will be significantly extended as the scheme starts to bear fruit.

ISPA has always wanted to see as many users as possible benefitting from the benefits of broadband, so we note with interest Government’s ambition to raise the Universal Service Obligation from “dial up speeds to 5Mpbs.” ISPA will be exploring this with our members, looking at the practical issues a USO presents as part of our wider work on the future of the communications industry.

Responding to the Budget, ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said “The new Government ambitions for broadband are good news. ISPA will be working with the Government to understand how these ambitious plans will be delivered. Government will only be able to do so in tandem with the breadth of industry, to ensure Government support is properly targeted and fosters competition”.