August 12th, 2015
Episode 541 of 1270 episodes
The government is announcing that more than three million homes and businesses have been reached by the Government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband. The investment specifically targets areas which are hard to reach, particularly in rural parts of the country. Currently 80 per cent of the country has superfast broadband. The government wants to reach 95% by 2017. Simon Jack met Steve, a farmer in Devon, who said that his business suffers from the slow broadband speed in the area. He called it 'scandalous' and blamed 'ineptitude by local government, who failed to negotiate a contract with BT'. Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, said the government plans to reach '100% coverage' of the country by the end of this parliament.