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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A Labour MP has heavily criticised the government's plans for broadband development.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central, said politicians and policymakers "don't know enough" about the issue and have no plans for broadband beyond 2015, recombu.com reports.

Ms Onwurah, who is the shadow cabinet minister for innovation science and digital infrastructure, claimed the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme will not benefit the whole nation.

She added: "Those who believe that the current copper infrastructure will meet our requirements until the end of time are living in their own little world and are ignoring all the evidence."

The former head of telecoms technology for Ofcom said she had asked the government what its aims are for the BDUK project after 2015 and was told there are no plans.

Ms Onwurah was speaking at the opening of the Fibre to the Home Council Europe conference in London.

Posted by Craig Roberts