Gainsborough: MP supports the campaign for faster broadband speed

Sir Edward Leigh

Sir Edward Leigh

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Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has welcomed the Government’s commitment to provide faster broadband speeds across the country.

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to ensure that everyone can access broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps by the end of this Parliament in 2020.

People will have a legal right to request an affordable, fast connection, regardless of where they live.

The Government will also work to bring in a broadband Universal Service Obligation, putting it on a similar footing to other essential services like electricity and water.

Sir Edward has consistently called for improved broadband for rural communities like those of the Gainsborough.

Sir Edward said: “There isn’t a single aspect of government or everyday life that isn’t being transformed by digital technology, but slow broadband in rural and even some of our more urban areas leaves many people and businesses behind.

“This problem is urgent and we must act to ensure that there is no digital divide between cities like London and areas like Lincolnshire.

“The Government’s response shows that they understand the need for mobile and broadband providers to do more.

“A 10Mbps minimum service obligation will bring the all to many not-spots up to the standard our economy needs for the future.

“This announcement is particularly welcome for my area of Lincolnshire where, despite good progress in the overall roll-out of faster broadband, we still have areas which suffer very slow connections.

“Faster speeds will ensure that local families, communities and businesses can stay online and reap the benefits provided by a good quality, reliable broadband connection.”