If you’re reading this then you’re probably on a broadband connection. But for hundreds of people in my constituency of Skipton and Ripon, and thousands more across the country, it’s not that easy. They live in so called not-spots – areas where broadband access still isn’t available.
For anyone who’s currently on a broadband connection, just think about how you’d feel having to go back to having to dial-up and wait an age for one e-mail to come through. Then spare a thought for those who have no choice.
That’s why I’m pleased the Government are doing so much to try and stop these not-spots and also to bring superfast broadband to many more of our communities.
In the House of Commons I’ve been pushing for North Yorkshire to be one of the pilot areas for superfast broadband because I think it would bring huge advantages to towns and villages, particularly rural ones like so many in my constituency. It would allow new businesses to be set-up, allow more jobs to be created and allow more people to learn from home – something that is just not possible without a high quality internet connection.
I know this is going to be a long process but I am delighted that Jeremy Hunt recognises the importance of connecting our homes and businesses online – not just some of them and not just at low speeds.
We need to break down the digital divide that currently exists between those who can read this website easily and those who may have given up trying long before this text ever appeared.