Frome MP David Heath calls for high-speed broadband funding
By Somerset Standard | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 08:30
FROME MP David Heath has called for the release of Government funds to ensure that every business and private address in Somerset has the chance to connect to high-speed broadband.
At yesterday's Question Time, Mr Heath revealed that BT have now confirmed that 82 per cent of the premises in his constituency will be connected to high-speed broadband by the end of 2016. But that still leaves over 8,000 properties in the more rural areas which will be left out, the so-called "last 10 per cent". He now wants the Government to commit the funds set aside for rural provision to be deployed to make sure that no one is left behind, and that we do not enter a new complex bidding process for funds. Speaking in advance of Question Time Mr Heath said it was good news that people could now map out areas which will be connected.
"However, high-speed broadband is vital for economic growth and jobs; it's crucial to companies wanting to do business in the modern world, and is such an increasingly important part of life more generally, that I for one am not prepared to see those in the countryside miss out."