Rural broadband: MP speaks out

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Hailsham MP Charles Hendry has raised his concerns in Parliament about rural broadband services in Wealden.

Mr Hendry asked the Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, “What the proportion of those living in rural areas have not just slow broadband, but no affordably priced commercial broadband at all? Will the Minister liaise with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that these “not spots” are given priority in the roll-out of broadband?”

The role out of Superfast Broadband has come under fire recently, for being poorly organised and two years behind schedule, with BT looking at contracts running until 2017.

As a result, industry specialists have been contracted to support the Government and ensure that the whole country is connected by the original end date of 2015.

They are also putting an extra £250 million towards the roll-out to rural areas such as Chiddingly.