Geoffrey has campaigned for many years to secure increased broadband provision throughout his constituency. Torridge & West Devon is home to many rural communities served by increasingly obsolete telecommunications infrastructure, and Geoffrey frequently acts on behalf of constituents who are struggling to access digital services because of insufficient rural broadband technology.
With many commercial and government services increasingly adopting a ‘digital by default’ strategy, access to stable and fast broadband internet is no longer a luxury, and is an issue of vital importance for the people of Torridge & West Devon. This is why Geoffrey supports the Government’s ambition to provide everyone in the UK with access to broadband, with download speeds of at least 2 megabits per second (Mbps), and to provide 90% of the UK with fibre-optic ‘superfast broadband’ (at least 24Mbps).
Connecting Devon and Somerset
In April 2012 Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Broadband Delivery UK announced plans to invest £94 million to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents in Devon and Somerset. Further funding has been sought from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide support for business broadband, and from DEFRA’s Rural Community Broadband Fund to further assist areas of Dartmoor.
The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme is designed to use public money to upgrade digital infrastructure for the ‘final third’ of UK properties not expected to receive attention from the commercial fibre optic broadband roll-out being undertaken by BT. For more information, and to check when your postcode area is likely to be upgraded to fibre, please visit http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/
In the next Parliament
Torridge & West Devon is precisely the kind of rural area that the CDS programme is designed to help, and the constituency has benefitted tremendously from government investment in rural broadband infrastructure.
However, more work needs to be done to ensure that nobody is left behind in the transition to a modern internet infrastructure, and Geoffrey Cox continues to work tirelessly to prevent a digital divide from separating those constituents with adequate broadband from those without.
Please see the press releases and links below to view some of the work Geoffrey has done in support of this campaign.