Monday, 6 December 2010

Super fast broadband?

Some more good news on our campaign to improve broadband access this morning with the Government announcing it is to spend £830 million which will see the UK have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has set out an ambitious plan to create a "digital hub" in every community linked to the nearest exchange by high-speed connections.

Ministers will invest £50 million in a second wave of pilot projects to test how digital hubs can be extended to all communities, including those in remote rural areas.

Already more than 70% of UK households have broadband and nearly 50% have access to a super fast 50 Mbps service but we still have a way to go in rural areas which is a cause I'm determined to keep on championing.

Rural Affairs Secretary Caroline Spelman has already said rolling out super fast broadband to the countryside is "probably the single most important thing we can do to ensure the sustainability of our rural communities in the 21st century".

I'll be doing everything I can to help make that a reality!