Julian Raises Impact on Home Working Caused by Rural Broadband with Minister for Digital Connectivity
May 6, 2020
Julian raised the issue of how poor rural broadband can impact an employee’s capacity to work from home throughout the Covid-19 outbreak with the Minister for Digital Connectivity, Matt Warman MP, during a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport telephone surgery.
Concerns were brought to Julian by a resident of Hessay who noted that not all the village would benefit from the installation of a fibre cabinet. The resident was understandably concerned about this and Julian probed the Minister as well Openreach for an explanation.
The Government are committed to closing the connectivity gap between rural and urban communities to ensure no one is disadvantaged due to where they choose to make their home but initiatives will never be successful if our villages are only partially connected. Julian has asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their assessment on how rural broadband has impacted employees ability to work from home and probed Openreach to discover if they plan to ultimately connect all of Hessay to the fibre cabinet.
Julian will continue to make the case for our villages and hamlets to benefit from the same broadband speeds as urban settlements. If you are experience any issues with your internet provision, please get in touch so Julian can take up your case.