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Malton MP Pushes for Faster Broadband

Anne McIntosh Judy Bell James Goodhart 110213

12:15pm 20th January 2014

Anne McIntosh, Member of Parliament for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, is calling for faster broadband speeds in Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

Anne McIntosh said, “Thirsk, Malton and Filey has the poorest coverage broadband of any Constituency in North Yorkshire. The cover of 25 Mbps by 2016 will be only 78 per cent behind William Hague in Richmond with 79 per cent. The reason for the poor coverage is the rural nature of the Constituency, sparse population and distance from the exchange and the cabinet.”

“The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, which I Chair, have made a number of recommendations in this regard. I highlight two here : -

* that the Government reverse its priorities between now and 2015/16 so that instead of improving an already adequate service, it focuses on those areas with poor speeds.

* that those areas which are not to receive superfast broadband by 2015/16 must be told well in time to enable them to make alternative arrangements.”

“This begs in turn the question as to what support and assistance the Government, BDUK or BT will offer those who find themselves in these deeply rural areas where both the level of broadband penetration as well as speed is extremely poor.”

“Having established that 22 per cent of my constituency will have poor broadband at slow speed, we need a little more honesty in the debate and the chance to establish more of a level playing field in broad band provision across the country so that rural as well as urban businesses and residents can access fast speed broadband.”

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