News: Conservative MPs attack ‘variations’ in UK superfast roll-out.
The House of Commons is set to debate superfast broadband in the UK in an attempt to address uneven coverage.
The debate, taking place at 3 PM this afternoon, will be led by Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman.
The original motion, brought by Conservative MPs Warman, Ian Liddell-Grainger of Bridgwater and West Somerset and Jo Churchill of Bury St Edmunds, states:
"That this House notes variations in the effectiveness of roll-out of fixed and mobile superfast broadband in different parts of the UK; and calls on the Government to host a not-spot summit to consider ways to tackle this issue."
As part of the Broadband Delivery UK project, the Government aims to have superfast fixed line broadband speeds of 24Mbps available to 95 percent of the UK by 2017-2018.
According to figures from thinkbroadband.com, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles) is the worst constituency in the UK for coverage, with only 21.9 percent of broadband at superfast speeds.
Also poor was Kingston upon Hull East, with 29.9 percent coverage, and Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle with 30.5 percent.
Chancellor George Osborne recently announced the establishment of a National Infrastructure Commission, which will provide an assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs every five years. Digital and broadband infrastructure will be included in its remit.