MP concerned at rural communities struggling to get good broadband service

Alistair Burt MP
Alistair Burt MP

MP Alistair Burt has welcomed investment in broadband for rural communities but says more needs to be done.

The Government’s rural broadband programme is now well underway and, with public funding totalling £1.2billion, it is estimated that 88% of premises will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2015 - reaching 90% by early 2016.

However, Mr Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, has expressed his concern about large rural villages in his constituency still struggling without basic broadband, and not being included in the roll-out for superfast broadband, with this making it particularly difficult for those operating businesses or working and studying from home.

Mr Burt said: “The investment being made to improve broadband across the country is fantastic and shows that the Government is providing the necessary funding and support to ensure the UK gets the digital infrastructure it needs.

“However, I am concerned about large rural areas of my constituency that struggle with little or no broadband and have been given no prospect of improvements in the future.

“I have had a good meeting with Bedford Borough Council and will be working with them, Central Beds, parish and town councils and with BT to see what more can be done to extend coverage further across rural areas and want to reassure constituents that I will continue to fight for a better service for them.”