Nov 15, 2019

Labour vows to give every home free broadband by 2030

A Labour government would nationalise BT's Openreach network and provide free full-fibre broadband to every home and business in its latest encroachment into the private sector, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has announced. The party's manifesto, which will be signed off on Saturday, will now include a promise to take control of Openreach as part of a broader £20bn attempt to give the UK free full-fibre broadband by 2030. Mr Corbyn, announcing the policy on Friday, will announce that a Labour government would pay an undisclosed sum to take control of the network and insert it into a new public entity called British Broadband. Labour has costed the rollout at £20bn but Mr Jansen said that the total figure was more likely to be between £30bn and £40bn, and that giving away broadband would reduce industry profit by £5bn a year. The promise from Labour comes just days after Boris Johnson, the Conservative leader, promised £5bn of investment to bring full-fibre to every home by 2025.

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