The UK will fail to achieve a target of offering gigabit-capable

The UK will fail to achieve a target of offering gigabit-capable broadband to 85% of the UK by 2025, MPs have warned.

Initially, the government had aimed for nationwide coverage within five years.

But targets were scaled back when it emerged that only 25% of the promised £5bn funding would be available.

The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said the cuts, paired with a “lack of effective planning” meant the UK could end up playing catch-up to other countries.

The report said there was “no genuine belief” from within the sector that the government’s current goals were possible within its current timeframe.

“The government’s decision to abandon its 2025 gigabit-capable broadband target within weeks of ministers reassuring us of their commitment to it was a belated recognition that it was unrealistic and unachievable, underlining concerns we’d heard from industry,” said committee chairman Julian Knight.

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