Broadband - Efforts count for little so far

Victoria Atkins shows commendable loyalty to the Prime Minister over his pledge on faster broadband (Horncastle News, November 11).

However, fellow MP Matt Warman’s broadband ‘notspot’ debate in Parliament has backfired.

David Cameron’s pledge is for a poor 10mbps speed by 2020, which is far too late. The universal service obligation is ancillary.

Up to 20 per cent of the rural parts of her constituency will miss out on 24mbps superfast broadband, so will rely on this pledge.

Farming, tourism and business initiatives in this area require genuine superfast broadband now.

The background is that the Onlincolnshire broadband project is simply not putting an adequate fibre network into the more rural areas, favouring towns and easier-to-reach villages.

This is leaving out not just remote properties but parts of straggling villages and parishes around the county.

Meanwhile, other fibre providers and places like Sheffield are looking at broadband speeds of 300mbps and more.

North Lincolnshire is about to be part of a multi-million pound trial to reach all of its broadband ‘notspots’.

Mr Cameron’s pledge and Mrs Atkins’ efforts thus far count for little. It is delivery that matters.

Mrs Atkins current ‘constituency commission’ is seeking the public’s evidence on a range of topics, including broadband and mobile phone coverage.

Let us hope that she has something up her sleeve.

Dick Fowler