Digital Britain

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 3:34 pm, 16th June 2009

After 12 years of this Government's broadcasting policy, my constituents are still left with a second-class mobile phone network and, having switched over to digital television, half of them are now getting the second-class "Freeview Lite" service. Although I, too, welcome the new commitment to super-fast broadband across the whole country, will the Secretary of State give us an assurance that he will not lose sight of the existing problems in rural areas?

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William Joicey
Posted on 17 Jun 2009 4:13 pm (Report this annotation)

Thank you very much, Mr. Moore, for again raising the problems we guinea-pigs in the Borders are experiencing with 'Freeview Lite'. It is wrong that we have to pay the full TV licence for half a service compared to other regions. And I'm not too happy with this 50p phone line tax! I already pay over the odds because I want a fast, reliable internet connection (I pay £29 per month for broadband alone, phone line is extra) and I don't see why I should now subsidise others.