Matt Warman MP to lead debate on broadband variations in the UK
The MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman serves an area that is currently enjoying 78% superfast broadband coverage and is set to lead a not-spot debate in the House of Commons today with Parliament TV covering the debate from 3:30pm today.
"That this House notes variations in the effectiveness of roll-out of fixed and mobile superfast broadband in different parts of the UK; and calls on the Government to host a not-spot summit to consider ways to tackle this issue."Full Motion for Debate
If you live or work in one of the following 20 constituencies hopefully your MP will be taking part in the debate and if not perhaps it is time to ensure they learn why broadband is so important to the local economy.
|The 20 constituencies with the least superfast coverage as of
11st October 2015
Based on thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast and USC Broadband Coverage, check your area at labs.thinkbroadband.com/local
24 Mbps or faster
|% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 15 Mbps|
|Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles)||21.9%||2.8%||71.8%|
|Kingston upon Hull East||29.9%||0%||56.9%|
|Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle||30.5%||0%||53.7%|
|Orkney and Shetland||33.3%||2.6%||61.8%|
|Argyll and Bute||35.1%||2%||45.1%|
|Carmarthen East and Dinefwr||38.9%||1%||46.1%|
|Ross Skye and Lochaber||40.3%||3.8%||55.8%|
|Kingston upon Hull North||39.2%||0%||45.7%|
|Haltemprice and Howden||40.2%||1.4%||42.4%|
|Beverley and Holderness||45.6%||2.1%||40.5%|
|Tiverton and Honiton||49.1%||1.9%||34.7%|
|Brecon and Radnorshire||48.9%||1.8%||39.3%|
|Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross||51.8%||4.2%||40.9%|
|Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale||52.6%||3.9%||37.4%|
While FTTH/FTTP is seen as the most future proof technology to roll-out and improve broadband it is frightening that four out of the twenty worst constituencies are also at the top of the leader board for FTTH coverage and are not the responsibility of BT but rather the incumbent for the Hull area - KC. Of course this does not abdicate BT from its responsibilities in the other 16 constituencies but simply highlights how the debate needs to encompass multiple operators rather than just be a BT are at fault debate.
Of course we are aware that at no point did the Labour Digital Britain report or the current Government ever state that coverage would be at 90% or 95% of every constituency, but by virtue of being at the bottom of 650 constituencies means that these areas are likely to comprise a large part of the final 5%.
The choice of the three columns rather than our usual figure heavy tables on coverage was to help highlight the actual figures and we need to emphasis that the superfast coverage figures exclude those premises that while in a VDSL2 enabled cabinet area are too far away to benefit.