MP backs Cameron pledge on faster broadband for all

Victoria Atkins MP
Victoria Atkins MP

Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins has welcomed plans to provide faster broadband speeds across the county.

Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans to ensure 100 per cent access to fast, affordable broadband by the end of the current Parliament.

This commitment is expected to include the introduction of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband - putting it on a similar footing as other essential services like water and electricity. 

The PM said: “Access to the internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain.

“That is why I’m announcing a giant leap in my digital mission for Britain.

“Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it.

“We’re getting Britain – all of Britain – online and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe.”

Ms Atkins has campaigned for improved broadband in the Louth and Horncastle constituency which is recognised as one of the worst areas in the country for coverage.

She said: “I am delighted that the Prime Minister has announced these plans. 

“Securing access to better broadband was the first campaign I launched as a candidate, acting on the concerns voiced by constituents.

“Since the election, I have made the case to Ministers and BT that the provision of superfast broadband in Louth and Horncastle must be a priority.”