Internet industry experts have greeted a House of Lords report on the government's broadband plans with a mixture of confusion and disdain, with one analyst calling its suggestions mere "pipe dreams".
The report, published on Tuesday morning, suggested the government's fixation with headline broadband speeds risked leaving rural communities behind, as they are only guaranteed 2Mbit/s services by 2015.
Instead, the House of Lords Communications Committee report suggested that special fibre hubs should be created that would allow communities and businesses to connect into high-speed networks as the world of business and government becomes increasingly digital.
This idea, though, along with numerous others, such as moving TV services from radio spectrum to fixed-line internet connections, have been given a lukewarm response by industry watchers.
Matthew Howett, a telecoms analyst at Ovum, said that the report has numerous "inconsistencies" and many aspects were "odd".
"With nearly 50 recommendations and no indication of costs or how they should be met, it's likely to be dismissed as nothing more than a pipe dream," he said.
In particularly, Howett noted the report fails to consider the role mobile phone networks, notably 4G, can play in the UK's broadband future, while its proposal to run all TV coverage over fixed networks could cause huge problems.
"Despite criticising the government for dismissing technologies such as white space, it fails to make almost any mention of how mobile might contribute to bringing broadband to all areas of the UK other than a recommendation that all existing spectrum should be handed over to mobile operators and current TV traffic moves over to IP," he said.
That recommendation appears to be made with "seemingly no consideration of the consequence this would have on bandwidth demands or incentives to invest in the network," he added.
He also noted that the Committee appeared to have ignored several key aspects of the existing methods in use across industry for broadband rollouts.
"Some recommendations appear to ignore the fact that access to BT's network (both copper and fiber) is already available on equivalent and non-discriminatory terms and that winners of BDUK funding must provide open wholesale access to their networks," he added.
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