Wiltshire Publications

Westbury MP calls for faster action on Broadband

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 9:25 am.

LOCAL MP Andrew Murrison has written to the media Secretary John Whittingdale after a House of Commons report revealed that his constituency ranked 546 out  of 650 parliamentary constituencies for superfast broadband availability.

In his letter Dr Murrison draws Mr Whittingdale’s attention to a report ‘Broadband’ [sic] by his colleague Grant Shapps MP.

In it Mr Shapps calls for a division between BT and its subsidiary OpenReach which is rolling out broadband and generating handsome returns for the parent company amidst claims of BT freezing out more dynamic competitors and insisting on old copper technology.

The MP said, “My constituents have had enough and so have I. Ministers must now look at a radical solution to a deeply unsatisfactory situation and this includes breaking up the current monopoly.”