Sorry - I wasn't aware - but I am pleased that someone is looking at it.
It is good that they're looking at it - but the process hasn't started yet, and consultations should start shortly. I imagine Ofcom will run things - and even the speed itself will be up for debate, but more importantly the idea of who pays for it.
You started this debate by saying that BT's monopoly wasn't working. The thing about monopolies is that they only work at the worst end if they are cross-subsidised by excess profit at the best end. BT's monopoly doesn't work like that: BT ends up with a monopoly that consists of only
unprofitable properties because someone has competed in all the profitable places. This competition causes low prices in the best areas ... so there are no more "excess profits".
The only thing you can say about BT's monopoly is that it is a legacy from the days of no competition. In today's competitive markets, there would be no service whatsoever.
Who pays for the rural end of the market? That will be a key factor in the consultations.
A little disappointed that the speed in mind is only 10Mbps. A rather modest target to shoot for...
Remember that this speed would be for the worst property in the UK.
Right now, the various BDUK projects look like they will get 96% at superfast speeds - 25Mbps+. That probably leaves 3% to sit between the 25Mbps figure and the 10Mbps figure.
And, as it stands right now, 1% who are likely to have to depend on satellite.
There, 10Mbps will be a possibility. But other properties - such as latency - might show that our USO needs to be specified on more than just speed.