Loughborough’s MP hosts roundtable discussion with Secretary of State on superfast broadband

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan was joined by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Maria Miller MP in Loughborough earlier this week for a roundtable discussion with local residents and businesses, to discuss the roll out of superfast broadband in the Leicestershire area.

The discussion was attended by Loughborough resident Ben Widdowson, Walton on the Wolds Parish Councillor David Pritchard, Martin Traynor, Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, County Councillors Blake Pain and Peter Lewis and Andy Robinson, the Deputy Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council.  The Secretary of State listened to the concerns of those present who explained the need for steady and reliable internet connections in the county.

Leicestershire County Council presented the authority’s plans to roll out broadband to at least 90% of Leicestershire by mid 2016, and asked Mrs Miller about possible extra investment from central government.

Nicky commented:

“As Martin Traynor said, broadband is now the fourth utility.  It was a  useful chance for residents and business owners to make the case for good quality broadband in Leicestershire.

“The Government is committed to providing a 2Mbps internet connection for all, regardless of where they live. I look forward to working with Leicestershire County Council and local residents to achieve this goal.”