Chi Onwurah criticises vague government broadband plans

Friday, May 18th 2012
Labour's Chi Onwurah has claimed the government's broadband strategy is too vague.
Chi Onwurah criticises vague government broadband plans
The government's plans to improve broadband provision and services across the UK are too vague, according to Labour MP Chi Onwurah.

Speaking to T3, the Shadow Minister for Science and the Digital Economy pointed out that Labour had promised to deliver universal 2Mbps broadband by the end of this year, supported by funding left over from the digital switchover.

However, the Conservative-led coalition axed this target and has instead committed to achieving the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.

"It's not clear what that means, but it certainly means disappointment for those struggling to get a decent connection," Ms Onwurah argued.

The government is aiming to provide super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of homes and businesses, with speeds of at least 2Mbps for remaining properties, via a £530 million funding pot.

Some UK counties, including Rutland and Lancashire, have already unlocked their shares of this funding after winning approval for their broadband plans.

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