Anne-Marie welcomes news that more people in north Northumberland now benefit from Superfast Broadband

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed news that 83% per cent of premises in Berwick-upon-Tweed now benefit from superfast broadband.

This has been delivered as part of the Government’s manifesto commitment to extending superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017. Data released today confirms this ambitious target has been met. More than 19 out of every 20 UK homes and businesses now have the opportunity to upgrade their internet connections to superfast speeds of 24 Mbps or faster.

Over the last five years, the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband has made superfast speeds a reality for more than 4.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. As well as delivering everyday benefits to families, such as easy access to information and convenient ways of staying in touch, better broadband also equips businesses with the digital infrastructure they need to expand and compete in today’s digital age.

Anne-Marie said;

‘Access to superfast broadband is vitally important for businesses and families in north Northumberland. Broadband in rural areas, such as ours, is of vital importance to so many aspects of life from running a business to healthcare and the news that we are reaching more and more people is the mark of excellent progress, but I want to be very clear, there is still much more to do.”

“I will be inviting the Secretary of State to visit our patch after he undertook to push broadband to every part of our constituency when I questioned him in the House of Commons before Christmas. This work continues and I will be inviting him up to north Northumberland so he can see for himself the difficulty and patchiness in provision, and the broadband