LGA responds to broadband expansion plans

“Fast, reliable internet access is an everyday necessity and this latest announcement will help boost connectivity to more places. Expanding the voucher scheme to more homes and businesses will help them overcome costly barriers to getting online and benefit from the fastest speeds, creating jobs and opportunities in the process."


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Responding to government plans to connect some of the UK’s most remote homes and businesses to better broadband, including via satellite, and expansion of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Digital Connectivity spokesperson for the Local Government Association said:

“Tackling the digital divide will be important to levelling up including in rural and remote locations, whether it be via fixed gigabit-capable connections or satellite and we look forward to seeing this rolled out as soon as possible.

“Fast, reliable internet access is an everyday necessity and this latest announcement will help boost connectivity to more places. Expanding the voucher scheme to more homes and businesses will help them overcome costly barriers to getting online and benefit from the fastest speeds, creating jobs and opportunities in the process.

“Alongside this, the Government should empower councils to place a local digital champion in every local area, who would be a central point of contact for government and broadband providers to help rollout gigabit-capable broadband as quickly as possible.

“Councils across the country are working hard to support their residents through the cost of living crisis and, with the right funding and powers, could use their local expertise to play a far greater role targeting those most in need, driving demand and providing the necessary skills to support the rollout.”