Labour to deliver free full fibre broadband for all
Labour will set out plans today to create a new, nationalised British broadband service which would deliver free full-fibre broadband to all
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will make the announcement in Lancaster, describing the new free public service as “central to Labour’s plans to transform our country and economy”.
The party say roll out would begin with communities that have the worst broadband access, before moving onto areas with much better coverage already.
The plan would be paid for through Labour's Green Transformation fund and taxing multinational corporations such as Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Party figures say it would save the average person £30.30 a month.
According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a full-fibre broadband network could boost productivity by £59 billion by 2025; bringing half a million people back into the workforce and boosting rural economies.
The party’s plans could result in 300 million fewer commuting trips, three billion fewer kilometres travelled by car, and 360,000 tonnes fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The announcement will include plans for a new Charter of Digital Rights - the strongest protection of data and online rights ever enacted.
In a speech in Lancaster,Jeremy Corbyn will say:
“A new public service delivering the fastest broadband free to everyone is at the heart of Labour’s plans to transform the future of our economy and society.
“The internet has become such a central part of our lives. It opens up opportunities for work, creativity, entertainment and friendship. What was once a luxury is now an essential utility.
“That’s why full-fibre broadband must be a public service, bringing communities together, with equal access, in an inclusive and connected society.
“It’s time to make the very fastest full-fibre broadband free to everybody, in every home in every corner of our country. Making it free and available to all will open up opportunities for everybody, at the cutting edge of social and economic change.
“By creating British Broadband as a public service, we will lead the world in using public investment to transform our country, reduce people’s monthly bills, boost our economy and improve people’s quality of life.”
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will also speak,describing the proposals as “public ownership for the future”.