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Citizens Advice responds to Ofcom broadband affordability report

18 December 2020

Alistair Cromwell, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice said:

“Since the March lockdown began, internet access has been vital to home working, running small businesses, accessing essential services like healthcare, and continuing education. It’s crucial that those who are struggling financially aren’t locked out.

“We welcome Ofcom’s call for broadband providers to offer targeted affordable tariffs for customers on low incomes. But we can’t afford to wait for providers to take what may be piecemeal and inconsistent steps. There is an opportunity for government intervention.  

“Next week the government will bring the new European telecoms code into UK law. This is a unique chance for the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to consider bold steps on broadband affordability. DCMS should use this opportunity to explore introducing mandatory affordable tariffs that broadband providers offer customers on lower incomes.”

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