Broadband: Telford and Wrekin

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th February 2018.

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Photo of Lucy Allan Lucy Allan Conservative, Telford

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to facilitate access to superfast broadband for people who live in (a) Telford constituency and (b) Telford and Wrekin local authority area.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government has provided over £2.1m for the delivery of superfast broadband in Telford and Wrekin. According to Thinkbroadband, 97.3% of premises in the Telford and Wrekin local authority area can access superfast broadband, up from 77% in 2012.

As confirmed in our announcement in December 2017 we are pushing ahead with our plans for a Universal Service Obligation (USO) so that, by 2020, everyone across the UK will have a clear, enforceable right to request 10 Megabit per second broadband.

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