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  • MP WELCOMES £5 BILLION PLEDGE FOR ROLLOUT OF 5G AND RURAL BROADBAND

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s pledge to invest £5billion in rolling out 5G and other gigabit-capable broadband to the hardest to reach 20% of the country. The announcement was made as part of a £25billion package of infrastructure investment unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.

    Mr Stride said:

    “The hardest 20% to reach areas of the country certainly includes a lot of Central Devon so this is an important announcement for local businesses and residential customers. A reliable and quick internet connection is becoming increasingly important for many day-to-day tasks and while coverage in much of Central Devon has improved significantly since 2010, there are still areas that have been left behind and still struggle with slow speeds.”

    Mr Stride has made improving rural broadband connectivity one of his top priorities as an MP and has met with Airband – one of the companies helping to improve access to superfast broadband in Central Devon – twice this year. One meeting saw the MP breaking ground for a new mast on the outskirts of Okehampton. Businesses and residents who were receiving as little as 0.5mbps are now receiving up to 50mbps.

    Mr Stride added:

    “Through a combination of fibre cables and innovative solutions through companies like Airband, where fibre isn’t cost effective, there is no reason we can’t have full connectivity across Central Devon.” 








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