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EXTENSION OF THE BETTER BROADBAND SUBSIDY SCHEME FOR RURAL AREAS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 370: tabled on 11 October 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 19 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises that many rural areas still suffer from extremely low broadband download speeds; commends the work of community activists and partnerships in providing solutions to small communities via the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme; regrets that the existing scheme is due to close to new applicants on 31 December 2017 with existing vouchers only valid until 31 March 2018, leaving thousands of communities who have informed and organised households in their area unable to benefit from the scheme; and urges the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to extend the scheme beyond March 2018 with funding to enable all proposed contracts under the scheme to be fulfilled, and to better publicise the scheme to allow new communities to benefit from the better connectivity that they need at an affordable price.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.