Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Rhiannon Meades has welcomed the party’s bold announcement that in government it will undertake a massive upgrade in the UK’s internet infrastructure, delivering fast, secure, reliable internet connections for everyone and putting an end to patchy and slow coverage. This will boost 5G connectivity across the country.
The roll out will begin with communities that have the worst broadband access, including rural and remote communities and some inner city areas, followed by towns and smaller centres, and then by areas that are currently well-served by superfast or ultrafast broadband.
The plan will be paid for through Labour’s Green Transformation fund and taxing multinational corporations such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, and save the average person £30.30 a month.
Rhiannon said, “Across Mid-Bedfordshire I hear from businesses and residents that their broadband connection is slow and very expensive. Labour has acknowledged that in 2019 access to quality high speed broadband should be an entitlement for families and for businesses.
If we are to be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a global economic player, we must speed up the adoption of technologies across our economy. This includes in Mid-Bedfordshire.
I welcome this bold announcement. British Broadband will be publicly owned and will serve the public. It will offer free access to households and it will serve local businesses.
It will improve productivity and our international competitiveness whilst opening up cultural, educational and social opportunities for all of us”.
Mid Beds Labour Press Release: 18th November 2019