In June 2010 almost 3 million homes and businesses did not have access to broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps. Government believes fast, reliable broadband internet access is essential for homes throughout the country to benefit from online services, and for UK businesses to compete globally. 

As a result, Government has set out a range of investment programmes aimed at transforming broadband access across the UK. With the aim that everyone in the UK will be able to access broadband speeds of at least 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and 95% of the UK receiving far greater speeds (at least 24Mbps) by 2017. 

For the purposes of The Black Country Local Broadband Plan we are defining superfast broadband as anything with speeds in excess of 24Mbps in line with Central Government’s definition.