Graham calls for action on broadband take-up, 1 in 3 still don't have superfast speeds

Posted on 9 March 2017 (Permalink)

Graham Allen is calling on the Government to do more to ensure maximum take-up of superfast broadband, after figures released today show that 1 in 3 connections in the constituency do not receive download speeds of more than 30 Mb/

 

According to figures released by the House of Commons Library today, 32.2% of broadband connections in Nottingham North do not receive superfast speeds despite a Government programme to roll out coverage across the UK. The data also shows that a quarter of connections receive speeds of less than the planned legal minimum of 10 Mb/s announced by the Government in the Queen’s Speech last year.

 

Commenting on the figures, Graham Allen, Labour MP for Nottingham North said:

 

“Lower income areas should be in the lead of technological advances. Better take up of superfast broadband could be the way to get public services like job vacancies to those who need them most and get rich education content into the homes of those trying to aspire to qualifications. In the run up to the General Election, the Government spent millions on superfast broadband ads in London despite not a single penny of public money being spent on roll-outs in the capital. What they should be doing instead is encouraging take-up and providing incentives in areas such as here in Nottingham North.

 

Despite 98% of our constituency having access to superfast broadband, more than 30% still don’t have the speeds and are very likely being priced out. Broadband is the fourth utility, and with the age of the ‘Internet of Things’ upon us, superfast speeds will become as much a necessity as gas and electricity.

 

The Government needs to take a balanced approach focusing on take-up as well as supply. There’s no point having the infrastructure if people cannot afford to access it.”

 

ENDS, Graham Allen is calling on the Government to do more to ensure maximum take-up of superfast broadband, after figures released today show that 1 in 3 connections in the constituency do not receive download speeds of more than 30 Mb/s.

 

Notes
1. The House of Commons Library data can be accessed here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06643#fullreport

2. Last year’s Queen’s Speech can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524040/Queen_s_Speech_2016_background_notes_.pdf