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Bob Neill campaigns to make broadband ‘not spots’ a thing of the past

PUBLISHED: 09:51 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:51 26 October 2015

Bob Neill

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The Bromley and Chislehurst MP wants to see strengthened coverage in the area

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill is pushing for broadband speeds to be boosted in his borough, saying that though there has been good news recently he believes more can be done.

The MP made his comments following a debate on superfast broadband in which he called on government to host a ‘not spot’ summit. He urged for greater transparency on unused fibre infrastructure which would allow broadband internet providers to find places which have demand for high speed broadband which isn’t being met.

Mr Neill said: “A frequent frustration that I share with many local residents is the difficulty a significant number of us face accessing superfast broadband at home. It may come as a surprise – or unfortunately, may not – to read that four of the lowest twelve constituencies for premises with superfast broadband in the country are in London. In short, it is something that undermines our reputation as a global city and damages businesses of all sizes.

“Progress is being made, and only last week BT announced that it would be extending fibre broadband to an additional 9,444 homes and businesses in the Borough over the next two years, taking BT’s total coverage in Bromley to nearly 130,000 premises.

“This is fantastic news for everyone in Bromley and Chislehurst, but I believe there is still significant room for improvement. Please be assured that I will continue to push for a strengthened coverage in our area.”

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