Bernard Jenkin backs new government rules to extend broadband reach

Bernard Jenkin (Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex) Picture: House of Commons

Bernard Jenkin (Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex) Picture: House of Commons - Credit: Archant

Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin has welcomed government proposals to give everyone the legal right to have broadband installed to their property.

Mr Jenkin said, “This Universal Service Obligation, or USO, has the potential to be a game changer for constituencies like mine.

“It is astounding that in 2017 letters still regularly cross my desk from constituents and local businesses cursing the abysmal internet speeds available to them.

“As I explained on my website during the general election, I also have an awfully slow connection and so can understand entirely how frustrating this whole situation is. The Government has taken a major step forward with this measure.”

BT’s proposal for the ongoing rollout of superfast broadband under a “voluntary agreement” was rejected by the Government in favour of a stricter commitment enshrining in law the right to a fast connection.


You may also want to watch:


Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus