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Liberal Democrat 2015 Manifesto – Continue with Broadband Delivery UK

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 (10:48 am) - Score 750

The Liberal Democrat party has today published their Manifesto for the coming 2015 General Election and it will come as little surprise to find that their approach to broadband connectivity is largely a mirror for the current Broadband Delivery UK programme, which as a party of Government they had a hand in creating.

As stated before, ISPreview.co.uk remains a broadly political neutral website and over the past 16 years we’ve been just as happy to praise, as well as criticise, the failings of both past and present Government’s with equal measure. In that sense we tend to judge political policies by how detailed, practical and economically viable they are, but we’ll avoid saying X is better than Z; that’s for you to judge.

Otherwise today’s Liberal Democrat 2015 Manifesto mentions the word “broadband” exactly three times and centres on the following core commitment.

The Libdem Policy on Broadband (2015 Manifesto)

[We will] complete the rollout of high-speed broadband, to reach almost every household (99.9%) in the UK as well as small businesses in both rural and urban areas.”

The pledge appears to go slightly beyond what they told us on Saturday, when a spokesperson said, “Our aim as a party is to roll out superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by 2017” (here). Never the less today’s commitment remains broadly in-line with the current coalition Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme and we gave a summary of that as part of yesterday’s Conservative Manifesto report (here).

Separately the Libdem’s are also proposing to introduce a new Digital Bill of Rights, which would enshrine the digital rights of the citizen. Part of this involves safeguarding the essential freedom of the Internet and backing Net Neutrality (i.e. treating all Internet traffic as equal). The Libdem’s have also pledged to oppose new Internet Snooping laws (e.g. Revised Comms Data Bill) and would set stricter limits on surveillance.

However it’s unclear how much of the above would survive if the Libdem’s entered into a new coalition Government, which would require another round of compromises.

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Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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3 Responses
  1. Avatar cyclope

    Like most people think they along with their counterparts the Tories cannot be trusted And i’m already sick of seeing their ugly mugs on the TV and hearing their BS cause that’s all that come out of their gobs

  2. Avatar SSUK

    Didn’t they previously support Labours 50p on phone lines idea?

    • Avatar timeless

      yes they did, but then they got into bed with Cameron and despite being best placed to actually do some good they enabled Cameron to completely mess the country up.

      since 2010 they have borrowed more than any labour government in the past 100yrs (tho they still blame labour) and have voted for everything the Cons have done, not one promise made by the Cons has been kept.. and the same can be said for the LibDems.

      one thing that gets me tho is the fact for a global recession (a global event) it seems according to the current regime at least that it was all labours and the poors fault, which is why bankers and the wealthy have got such hefty tax cuts.

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