Simon Hoare MP is backing a new bill that should benefit rural areas including his North Dorset constituency. He praised the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons. During the debate he said small shire districts that areaways seeking to be more efficient would benefit greatly from the bill.
He said: “It will be absolutely crucial for the farmer in my constituency who is trying to buy or sell stock and make their submission to the Rural Payments Agency to have fast, reliable broadband of a speed and regularity of service.”
He said it was also important for delivery services in rural areas that are not particularly well served by rural public transport.
Mr Hoare also highlighted the advantages for tourism with promotion of hotel and pub rooms, visitor attractions and interactive tourist information centres in areas where local authorities have reduced support and services.
He pointed out the benefits made possible in education and the advantages of receiving faster films and sports coverage.
Mr Hoare suggested to fellow MPs that they “remind ourselves of the most enormous strides made in broadband provision for all our constituents and constituencies, urban and rural.”
BRIDGWATER and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger1 has applauded a new campaign aimed at extending super-fast broadband to more of the country – and the countryside in particular. It’s been launched by the consumer magazine Which? under the banner of ‘Fix Bad Broadband’.
“I am one of many MPs in rural areas who know what a lousy broadband deal so many families are still getting – and how worthless that makes many of the claims the service providers continue to make for the coverage they provide,” he said.
“Unfortunately the way the telecommunications industry is structured makes it very difficult to hold anyone’s feet to the fire.
“The situation really needs a well-coordinated national campaign to highlight not only the difference between urban and rural serve provision but how clunkingly slow broadband speeds are acting like a sheet anchor on thousands of rural businesses.
has a most impressive track record of campaign successes and I have every confidence it will soon be notching up another.”