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Faster Broadband for All Is Now Closer to Reality in the U.K.

  • Parliament advances universal internet coverage option
  • Homes would have right to basic broadband if implemented

Residents of rural U.K. are one step closer to gaining access to faster internet services capable of streaming high-definition TV shows and movies.

The British Parliament on Thursday passed a law giving the government authority to introduce a universal service obligation that would require broadband download speeds of 10 megabits a second for the remaining 5 percent of the population that don’t have access to that level of service -- about 1.4 million homes.