MPs have raised concerns about the quality of business broadband in rural areas during a parliamentary debate.
The MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, criticised the quality of business broadband experienced by companies in rural areas. The MP, who is the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on rural services, cited a company based in Burstwick as an example. This company is unable to get superfast broadband through the government schemes and has had to pay out thousands of pounds to install its own infrastructure.
Mr Stuart said that one-quarter of all companies in the country are situated in a rural area and are being left behind when it comes to broadband services, as companies in cities have more infrastructure available to them.
The MP said that good-quality broadband has become essential for businesses no matter where they are; however, in his constituency just 14% of premises had been given access to the faster services. Even though this is improving all the time, there is still a long way to go to resolve the problems. The MP has held meetings with broadband providers and the local councils and has been pushing for them to work harder to meet the target set by the government of 95% coverage by 2017.
The company highlighted by Mr Stuart in parliament, Agenda Security Services, thanked the MP for his support and said it brings attention to the issues faced by rural companies when it comes to obtaining access to the services they need.