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Shared Rural Network

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 4:27 pm, 28th October 2019

I thank my hon. Friend very much. I well remember visiting his constituency when he was seeking to be elected, and he has been a doughty champion for better connectivity across his part of Cornwall for many years since his election. He makes a really important point. One of the reasons why we are announcing this and why my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced the £5 billion for rural broadband is that we want to make sure that our rural areas are absolutely not left behind and that the focus is not just on our urban areas. Both areas need to be better connected, and we need to do it at the same time.