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Bernard Jenkin backs new government rules to extend broadband reach

PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 December 2017

Bernard Jenkin (Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex) Picture: House of Commons

Bernard Jenkin (Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex) Picture: House of Commons

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Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin has welcomed government proposals to give everyone the legal right to have broadband installed to their property.

Mr Jenkin said, “This Universal Service Obligation, or USO, has the potential to be a game changer for constituencies like mine.

“It is astounding that in 2017 letters still regularly cross my desk from constituents and local businesses cursing the abysmal internet speeds available to them.

“As I explained on my website during the general election, I also have an awfully slow connection and so can understand entirely how frustrating this whole situation is. The Government has taken a major step forward with this measure.”

BT’s proposal for the ongoing rollout of superfast broadband under a “voluntary agreement” was rejected by the Government in favour of a stricter commitment enshrining in law the right to a fast connection.

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