The CLA has had as its long term policy objective universal coverage of digital connectivity. This means access to all, including those who live and work in very hard to reach areas and where digital access is minimal. In our response to government, we have set out the main barriers and challenges to broadband access, including the costs of infrastructure deployment. We also recommend the removal of the price threshold of £3,400 under the Universal Service Obligation (USO), citing that this is actually counter-productive, calling instead for the USO to be technology neutral. Finally, we underline the importance of an effective national digital skills provision so that everyone can use digital technology efficiently.