Mid-Derbyshire MP is 'fighting for better broadband' header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The MP for Mid-Derbyshire claims her constituency desperately needs access to improved broadband, as residents and businesses in the region are being negatively impacted by poor connectivity.

Pauline Latham, who was elected as an MP in 2010, interrogated minister for culture, communications and creative industries Edward Vaizey about the lack of availability for super-fast broadband in the region.

She expressed her concerns about connectivity issues currently affecting residents and businesses in the towns of Belper, Morley and Oakwood.

"Whilst more premises are now connected to the super-fast broadband network in Belper, progress in this regard needs to improve," Ms Latham explained.

"That is why I have written to the minister to express my concerns about connectivity. Nevertheless, based on the minister’s response, it is clear the government is committed to delivering this important resource to the country.”

In response to her concerns, Mr Vaizey said that there is definitely more that can be done for these communities, but he added that the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme had already connected 1,500 premises in Belper alone.

BDUK aims to bring super-fast broadband to around 95 per cent of the country by 2016, but that will leave five per cent in the lurch. If you will be affected by this, it would be a good idea to look into alternatives, such as satellite broadband.

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This means that businesses and residents of rural communities don't need to put up with poor connectivity and can take advantage of Avonline's fast and reliable service.