Yes Minister, villages do need faster broadband

Cllr Emma Crane with MP Jeremy Wright and Minister for Broadband Ed Vaizey NNL-160429-155202001
Cllr Emma Crane with MP Jeremy Wright and Minister for Broadband Ed Vaizey NNL-160429-155202001

The pain of poor broadband speeds in villages has been highlighted to the man at the top.

Last week Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Councillor for Leam Valley ward met Ed Vaizey, the minister in charge of the government’s superfast broadband rollout and Kenilworth & Southam MP Jeremy Wright for to discuss the issue.

She said after the meeting: “The lack of fast broadband in Leam Valley is a big issue for constituents.

“It is of particular concern to those running businesses or who regularly work from home, who find that they struggle to do things that most people in the business world take for granted, such as video conferencing calls and downloading attachments.”

The problem is so severe that some residents and business owners have considered moving house.

The government is currently rolling out superfast broadband across Warwickshire.

Cllr Crane is concerned that rural areas which are harder to connect may be left behind in the rollout.

In response to this concern, the minister said that his department will work with Warwickshire County Council and BT to ensure that these communities are made aware of their options and how long the process is likely to take.

To find out if your property is to set to receive superfast broadband as part of the current rollout go to www.cswbroadband.org.uk/broadbandchecker and enter your postcode.

If you have any broadband concerns you would like to raise, contact Emma at emma.crane@rugby.gov.uk