Lincolnshire MPs call on Government to host Government ‘not-spot’ summit following debate

Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)
Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)

Parliament has called on the Government to host a ‘not-spot’ summit to consider ways to address variations in fixed and mobile broadband coverage across the country.

The resolution comes following a debate in the House of Commons led by Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman.

The issue has also been heavily campaigned upon by Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, since her election in May.

Attended by a very large number of Members of Parliament from each of the main parties, MPs raised important case studies about access to broadband in their constituencies and the need to ensure proper coverage for the benefit of individuals and businesses in both rural and urban areas.

The Minister responding to the debate, Ed Vaizey MP, confirmed that he would be pleased to discuss the matter further with MPs and that the Government is working towards a Universal Service Obligation to connect the final five per cent of premises around the UK which do not currently have broadband coverage.

Mr Warman said: “It is fantastic that Parliament agreed the motion that was debated, calling for a vital ‘not-spot’ summit to consider how we can extend and improve broadband and mobile coverage across the country.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Ministers, fellow MPs and service providers to ensure that constructive, rapid progress is made in this vital area of national infrastructure.”