Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart took part in a parliamentary debate on broadband in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire on the evening of Monday 10th September.
The debate, led by Andrew Percy MP, called on the government to speed up the allocation of government support for the role out of Superfast Broadband. It also called for greater consideration to the deployment of wireless broadband services and for local suppliers to be included in the Council’s procurement process.
Graham said, “It is vital that we develop our communications infrastructure to deliver a broadband service fit for the future. We must use this investment wisely to bring the maximum benefit to East Yorkshire.”
“The government is determined to provide the UK with the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 and are making excellent progress in achieving this target.”
“Reliable, affordable and future proof broadband is essential to support our businesses to thrive and maintain their competiveness in a global market. Broadband brings educational and training benefits alongside access to health, social and entertainment services.”
“The lack of broadband provision is more acute in our rural communities where low population numbers and high infrastructure costs mean that there is no commercial case for upgrades. These areas need the greatest level of government intervention and I welcome the response from the Minister at the debate inviting East Riding of Yorkshire Council to engage with Broadband Delivery UK to investigate ways in which the funding gap can be addressed.”