Jason knows how important having superfast broadband is for businesses and homes in the Colne and Holme valleys and Lindley. Poor broadband speeds and connections is a local issue that Jason regularly tackles. BT today briefed MPs on their continuing £2.5bn commercial roll out of fibre optic broadband, at speeds of 80Mbps, to two thirds of UK premises. The Government has announced plans to expand its broadband programme – updates here: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk.
Ofcom figures show that availability of superfast broadband has increased in the UK to 78% in June of this year, ahead of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. UK leads those four EU countries in the highest broadband take-up (83% of households), highest proportion of people who have bought goods online in the last year (77%), highest weekly usage of the internet (87%) and the lowest proportion of people who have never used the internet (8%).
However there must be no complacency though as Jason sees superfast broadband provision to businesses and homes in his constituency as a major priority.