Ever since I became an MP back in 2010, I have consistently called for, and worked hard to achieve, improved broadband and mobile services across Norfolk. Fast and reliable access to these services is of paramount importance if we are to ensure that growth in the county is not left behind, and that families and businesses can carry out those digital tasks that are essential to 21st century life.
Despite the fantastic progress that has already been made in these areas, I am acutely aware that there is still much more work to be done. I therefore welcome the news that Norfolk County Council is working with the likes of Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three to explore ways in which they can boost the roll-out of improved mobile signal connectivity.
NCC have announced that they have identified 500 structures in their ownership, such as wind turbines and fire towers, which could accommodate masts to boost mobile signal around the county – 200 of which are considered “particularly suitable”. A survey has also been commissioned to identify the areas of greatest need in Norfolk.
Rest assured however, I shall continue my ‘Digital Divide’ campaign (with Anglia Farmers, my fellow MPs and businesses across East Anglia) in the weeks and months ahead to ensure that EVERYONE in our area has access to reliable superfast broadband and mobile signal as soon as is possible.
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Photo: Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Support, Clarke Willis, Chief Executive of Anglia Farmers, and George Freeman MP at the Digital Divide Alliance last year.