Broadband for Rural Areas

Neil asked the Broadband Minister how we can get superfast broadband to hard-to-reach rural areas in Devon an Somerset.

Neil: Gigaclear is also coming into Devon and Somerset in competition with BT to deliver more superfast broadband. However, the percentage of hard-to-reach people is still big, so we really must concentrate on getting superfast broadband to them.

Matt Hancock (Broadband Minister): My hon. Friend is dead right. I pay tribute to the work that Devon County Council and Somerset County Council have done together to deliver into some very hard-to-reach rural areas. In contrast to the Scottish contracting, they have been getting contracts out the door in order to achieve connectivity as quickly as possible.

You can watch the question at this link.