Access to fast broadband is increasingly important for residents and businesses wherever they are in the United Kingdom.
Too often broadband is patchy or, in some cases, not available at all for those who live outside the big towns. As your MP between 2017 and 2019, I held Openreach and others to account to improve broadband coverage in North East Derbyshire. In December 2017, I raised the issue of broadband in North East Derbyshire in the House of Parliament: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/706cc696-4af9-4cbf-992d-d8ca1eeb29…. I also met with the CEO of Openreach in 2018 to highlight specific cases in North East Derbyshire that needed attention.
And we've made some good progress. Renishaw has been upgraded and, for the first time, Spinkhill has had access to faster broadband in the last few weeks. We are also working on improvements for parts of Wingerworth and Grassmoor at the moment.
And now, as your Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in the upcoming election, too many villages and rural areas still tell me that their broadband access and speeds just aren't what they need to be to be able to use the internet properly - and I pledge if re-elected to continue to work on improvements.
Do you live in an area where broadband is extremely slow or not possible? If so, I need to hear from you! Please get in touch at email@example.com and, if re-elected, I will continue to ensure that improvements happen across North East Derbyshire.