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North West Norfolk MP calls for higher broadband speeds during House of Commons session

North West Norfolk MP James Wild secured a commitment from the government for a minimum of broadband speeds of 10 Mbps in homes.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, he said: “While I warmly welcome the pledge to deliver gigabit broadband, many of my constituents in Grimston, Heacham, and Brancaster and others places are yet to receive speeds of 10 Mbps.

“So can my Honourable Friend the Minister confirm that the plans are ready to deliver minimum speeds from March and that he will hold BT to account to do so?”

James Wild
James Wild

In response, Matt Warman, minister for digital and broadband said: “Yes, he is right we do need to make sure that the 10 Mbps Universal Service Obligation is delivered on the ground and we will of course continue to talk to BT.”

Figures show that 41.1 per cent of lines in Grimston, Gayton and East Winch receive speeds under 10 Mbps.

Under legislation introduced by the government, everyone in the UK will have a legal right under the broadband Universal Service Obligation to a decent and affordable broadband connection that can provide a download speed of 10 Mbps.

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