Delays for West Country broadband

Tuesday, February 17th 2015
An inquiry into delays in the rollout of improved broadband for the West Country is being called for.
Delays for West Country broadband
The rollout of improved superfast broadband connectivity in the West Country has hit some significant snags in recent months and local MPs are now calling for a full inquiry into these setbacks.

MP for Wells Teresa Munt has highlighted her concerns that plans to achieve 95 per cent coverage for superfast services across Somerset and Devon may miss their deadline for completion, following an update from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee.

She argued network operator BT has not provided full details of those areas that are included in these rollout plans and this is an issue that is causing further confusion.

Ms Munt said: "You cannot just muscle your way around when it is taxpayers' money being spent on something that is now essential - not a luxury. There are vast swathes of Somerset without coverage."

Her colleagues Devon MP Neil Parish and member of the Public Accounts Committee Richard Bacon also backed Ms Munt's call for an investigation into any potential delays.

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