Sue has joined a group of more than 100 cross-party MPs and Peers to sign an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, urging him to continue investing in fixed and mobile broadband as part of his upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.
The letter was co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Communication, of which Sue is a member.
“I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Universal Service Obligation for broadband of at least 10Mbps, but I am concerned that 17 per cent of the UK still does not currently have the option of a superfast broadband connection. Even worse, some 500,000 households still lack even basic broadband.
“There is the social importance of access to broadband, which in areas such as Workington constituency can be the difference between isolation and access to vital services. We need urgent investment in digital skills, which are essential for everyone from jobseekers to pensioners to get by in the modern age.
“I joined fellow parliamentarians in urging the Chancellor to consider the importance of continued state investment in both mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, so that the digital divide does not widen and deepen, and so that we can provide the same digital opportunities to everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live.”