The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published a report on the issue in December following an inquiry.
Committee Chair Julian Knight MP (Con) has now written to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP to demand a fuller response to suggestions that the Government is failing to meet its revised-down target for the introduction of faster broadband and that its 5G network rollout is in danger of repeating the legacy of mobile signal ‘not-spots’.
The Committee set out recommendations including asking ministers to outline how likely it is that the 85 per cent coverage broadband target will be met by 2025 and how the remaining £3.8 billion of a £5 billion budget for delivering the high-speed broadband to hard-to-reach areas has been ringfenced.
The committee said the Government has so far failed to adequately respond to its recommendations and wider points. Knight called on the Government to respond by April 1st with more details on issues including the ‘extensive engagement’ it had with the industry over the past year, as well as a full assessment of how likely it is that its revised target will be met.
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