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Universal Service Obligation

EDM (Early Day Motion) 861: tabled on 08 September 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises that the ongoing covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the severity of the digital divide prevalent in the UK; notes that part of the problem that exasperates the digital divide is slow or poor broadband connection; further notes that part of the solution to improving broadband is to upgrade or build a new network; notes with concern that the costs of building a new network is often high and furthers the digital divide as better network connection becomes reliant on available income; recognises that the Government’s Universal Service Obligation offers an attempt to bridge the digital divide by upgrading broadband connection for eligible households and providing £3,400 worth of funding for upgrading infrastructure; notes that this funding is inadequate and that the costs of building a new network often far exceeds £3,400; calls on this Government to recognise the severity of the digital divide in the UK and provide further funding for households to build a new network to improve broadband speeds.

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.

Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Norwich South
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
Strangford
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Jarrow
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Gateshead
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
East Lothian
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 9 September 2020
North Down
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 September 2020
Ceredigion
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Birkenhead
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
Belfast South
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Leeds East
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Leyton and Wanstead
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 September 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
Foyle
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2020
Alyn and Deeside
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 September 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2020
Denton and Reddish
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2020
Islington North
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2020
Bedford
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 September 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 11 September 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 11 September 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 September 2020
Glasgow South West
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 September 2020
East Antrim
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 September 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 September 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 September 2020
Arfon

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.