More Homes Need Better Broadband
MP Luke Hall says Hawkesbury, Marshfield and the Severn Villages need better broadband coverage.
08:16 27 October 2020
Thorbury and Yate MP Luke Hall calls for better broadband coverage in Hawkesbury, Marshfield and the Severn Villages.
Describing internet connection as a "basic utility", he said that the service is needed to support not just the rural economy but also employees who are currently working from home, schoolchildren who need to access their online resources and for many others who simply want a decent broadband connection for online streaming.
He said: "We have already made progress on this campaign for better broadband; the amount of homes who now have access to a good Broadband connection has risen from 64% to 96% and we have constantly pressed and delivered more Fibre to the Premises connections."
"We have helped secure £13.7 million investment in local broadband, and most recently a further £900,000 to connect rural businesses in South Gloucestershire. We have also helped connect more streets in Tytherington, Chipping Sodbury, Westerleigh, Elberton and Wickwar and connected new estates in Thornbury and Yate with fibre broadband."
"We are now making steady progress towards connecting the final 4%. South Gloucestershire Council have confirmed that homes in Tockington, Petty France, Hill, Little Badminton, Falfield, and Cromhall, amoung others, are included in ‘Phase 3B’ of the Broadband rollout. These houses are ready to be connected in the coming weeks and months, with the connection dates depending on how quickly the physical connection process can take place."