Nov 15, 2019

Holding the line: Labour’s £20bn free broadband plan

The Labour party on Friday unveiled its most audacious initiative yet in the general election campaign, proposing that all households and businesses should have free ultrafast broadband. "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," said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. This broadband upgrade would be achieved by a Labour government taking BT's network arm, Openreach, into public ownership. Labour has suggested it could nationalise some of BT's rivals if they in some way frustrate the free broadband plan. Labour said the cost of maintaining the state-owned full-fibre network would be "More than covered by a system of unitary taxation of multinationals".

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