Broadband: Peterborough

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd July 2020.

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Photo of Paul Bristow Paul Bristow Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) progress of the roll-out of full fibre digital infrastructure in the Peterborough constituency in the last 12 months and (b) progress towards nationwide full fibre coverage by 2025 and (c) the need to update the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

According to ThinkBroadband, full-fibre coverage in the Peterborough constituency stands at 47%, compared to 29% in July 2019.

The Government remains committed to delivering nationwide gigabit connectivity as soon as possible. We support industry’s plans to deliver gigabit broadband to the most commercial parts of the UK (c.80% of the country) and will continue to take action to remove barriers to deployment to help them deliver this by 2025.

It is more challenging to deliver gigabit connectivity to the hardest to reach 20% of the country by 2025. This is why we have committed a record £5 billion of capital funding to

support deployment in these areas.

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