HomeInsightsDepartment for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee expands inquiry into “Broadband and the road to 5G” to include the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

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The DCMS Committee has widened the scope of its inquiry into broadband and the road to 5G, inviting evidence submissions on the impact of coronavirus on the rollout of full fibre and 5G infrastructure, including any differences being experienced in different parts of the UK.

The deadline for submitting evidence has also been extended to Friday 19 June 2020 (with a possibility for further extension).

The inquiry was launched to examine the Government’s pledge to ensure every home and business in the UK has gigabit-capable broadband by 2025. The inquiry is focusing on how realistic the ambition is, what is needed to achieve it, and what the Government’s target will mean for businesses and consumers. It is also looking at what role 5G technology might play, and what initiatives such as the Shared Rural Network mean for improving mobile connectivity across the UK. To access the inquiry page, click here.