In a major announcement today (Friday 15th November), Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Secretary of State for BEIS Rebecca Long-Bailey, set out Labour’s plans to deliver free full fibre broadband for all by bringing parts of BT into public ownership and creating a new British Broadband public service.
Labour’s Broadband for All will…
- Deliver free full-fibre broadband for all over ten years – saving money for people and lifting the floor of public services that we all get for free.
- Be a massive upgrade in infrastructure across the country – rolling out a public full-fibre network and tackling regional inequality.
- Integrate the broadband-relevant parts of BT into a new public entity, British Broadband, with a mission to connect the country.
- Reduce energy consumption and commuting time, resulting in much lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Labour’s Broadband for All will be paid for through Labour’s Green Transformation Fund, with the costs of maintaining the network paid by a tax on multinationals (including tech giants like Google and Facebook).
Labour’s Broadband for All represents a step-change in the UK’s patchy and slow internet – and a step-up from the Tories’ broken promises and paltry subsidies to private companies.