Lancashire MP unhappy with local broadband header image

Published: 12th Sep 2014

The Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood is unhappy with the quality of broadband in the local area.

Speaking in the House of Commons recently, Eric Ollerenshaw questioned what was being done to improve the situation and accused the government of giving BT too much power in the super-fast rollout. 

Addressing digital industries minister Ed Vaizey, he stated: "Given the importance of super-fast broadband both to businesses in rural and urban communities, can I ask what the department is doing in terms of the near-monopoly BT has got in contracts?"

Mr Ollerenshaw claimed the company is ignoring whole villages in its rollout and even some areas of Lancaster city.

He stressed the importance of rural broadband and expressed disappointment that a number of areas in his constituency are being overlooked for better connectivity.

BT said it is disappointed with the Lancashire politician's comments, stating it has put significant investment into bringing super-fast broadband to much of the county.