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Extension Of The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme For Rural Areas

EDM number 370 in 2017-19, proposed by Ruth George on 11/10/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Countryside and Internet and cybercrime.

That this House recognises that many rural areas still suffer from extremely low broadband download speeds; commends the work of community activists and partnerships in providing solutions to small communities via the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme; regrets that the existing scheme is due to close to new applicants on 31 December 2017 with existing vouchers only valid until 31 March 2018, leaving thousands of communities who have informed and organised households in their area unable to benefit from the scheme; and urges the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to extend the scheme beyond March 2018 with funding to enable all proposed contracts under the scheme to be fulfilled, and to better publicise the scheme to allow new communities to benefit from the better connectivity that they need at an affordable price.

This motion has been signed by a total of 19 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Ruth George11/10/2017High PeakLabourProposed
Laura Smith11/10/2017Crewe and NantwichLabourSeconded
Jo Platt11/10/2017LeighLabour/Co-operativeSeconded
Laura Pidcock11/10/2017North West DurhamLabourSeconded
Rosie Duffield11/10/2017CanterburyLabourSeconded
Jared O'Mara11/10/2017Sheffield, HallamLabourSeconded
Mike Amesbury11/10/2017Weaver ValeLabourSigned
Rosie Cooper11/10/2017West LancashireLabourSigned
Joan Ryan11/10/2017Signed
Bambos Charalambous11/10/2017Enfield, SouthgateLabourSigned
Liz Twist11/10/2017BlaydonLabourSigned
Matt Rodda11/10/2017Reading EastLabourSigned
Jim Shannon12/10/2017StrangfordDUPSigned
Thelma Walker12/10/2017Colne ValleyLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner16/10/2017BolsoverLabourSigned
Alex Norris16/10/2017Nottingham NorthLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Jim Cunningham16/10/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Marie Rimmer17/10/2017St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Lady Hermon18/10/2017North DownIndependentSigned

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