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MP Responds to British Minister’s Email on “Superfast Broadband”

8 November, 2016 - by Francie Molloy

Mid Ulster MP, Francie Molloy, has replied to an email from Matt Hancock, British Minister for Digital and Culture stating that many constituents in Mid Ulster remain “disappointed” by the roll out of what is alleged to be “superfast broadband”.

Mr Molloy MP explained, “I received an email from the Tory Minister with responsibility for Digital issues to update me on broadband delivery in my constituency. Telling me that my constituency is located within the Leicestershire project the email went on to say that the project had been allocated some £8m of government funding.

“Although it is clear that Mr Hancock has sent the email to the wrong MP it provided an opportunity to tell the Minister exactly what I thought about the roll out of 'superfast broadband' and it is not good.

“I advised the Minister that we regularly have complaints about the speed of broadband in this constituency. It seems that while BT claim to have brought it to the area, often this just means it is brought to the cabinet that in turn supplies a lot of houses. The actual service delivery to individual houses remains poor!

“The government has spent a huge amount of money through BT to provide broadband yet it seems that most people have just the basic service which is poor and lags well behind that in many other EU countries.” 

The Mid Ulster MP concluded, “I have expressed my willingness to meet the Minister when I am in Westminster next to discuss the problem of 'superfast broadband' in Mid Ulster rather than Leicestershire."

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