One of the most common complaints in my inbox or postbag each week is about the quality of broadband in Scunthorpe. A reliable broadband connection isn’t just a ‘nice to have,’ it is an essential part of everyday life – and a real headache when something goes wrong.
Our community has put up with slow speeds and a second-rate service for too long. This is largely due to BT’s underinvestment in the national network, Openreach, which is owned by the BT Group. We’ve had to fight incredibly hard to get so-called ‘superfast’ broadband installed in the constituency, and there’s still a ‘postcode lottery’, with some businesses and households unable to get acceptable speeds when their next-door neighbours can.
While we’re all using the internet more and more, BT’s investment in the Openreach hasn’t grown (when you take inflation into account) for the best part of a decade, which means many of you still can’t get the speeds or the service you need to carry out everyday tasks.
The industry regulator, Ofcom, has realised that there is a problem and has set out plans about how to change Openreach. They’ve opened a public consultation so that people across the country can have their say about the future of the UK’s internet – it’s the first time in 10 years that we’ve been able to make our voices heard, and we should make the most of it!
It takes just a minute or two to sign up to the campaign and tell Ofcom directly that you want better broadband for your families and businesses – just visit: www.fixbritainsinternet.co.uk.