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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 3rd July 2014.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater and West Somerset 10:33 am, 3rd July 2014

BT is still using its position as a monopoly supplier to hold up the roll-out of rural broadband. May we have time to discuss that in this place? I have just had the latest list from my constituency and it is pitiful how many places have been enabled. The time has come to send a clear message to BT from the House of Commons that we have had enough of its using its position to blackmail the people of this country and to slow down high-speed roll-out.

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Jim Butterworth
Posted on 4 Jul 2014 4:37 pm (Report this annotation)

Well said, Ian. West Somerset and Exmoor have poor road and rail access to which is added poor Internet access. 4G? we haven't even access to 3G here. No doubt we shall soon have added postal charges as do the remoter parts of Scotland.
Whatever happened to the early promises of faster broadband and the gratefully offered funding? Is Minehead a different country or has it all got lost somewhere along the A39 ?
It will be good if we are eventually permitted to join the 21st Century communications club as the pigeon is getting very tired.