This week the Government’s plan to roll out superfast broadband services to rural areas has received European Union approval.
Graham Stuart MP, who represents Beverley and Holderness, has urged MPs to get behind rural areas who might not benefit from the scheme.
– Graham Stuart MP, Beverley and Holderness
“Most areas will get broadband without any government support.
“In rural areas this won’t happen as there aren’t enough potential customers to provide a commercial return for providers – that’s why government support is necessary. Because of rules on “state aid” the Government has had to get permission from the EU and prove that investing in rural broadband will not distort the market or provide unfair competition to others.
“Now that Brussels has said yes we can crack on in the East Riding and make sure that our rural areas start to receive a decent service.”