Duncan asks Minister to consider broadband piggyback

Duncan has made further progress in his campaign for better broadband services in the Chippenham constituency.

During the debate on Universal Broadband Service in Parliament yesterday, Duncan asked Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP, for a commitment to providing a better service to local people using the facilities already available in their area.

Duncan asked:

“Even with impressive progress, some communities such as Atworth in my constituency still face being left out, but nearly all the schools in my constituency have access to broadband speeds of at least 9 megabits per second.

“Will the Minister consider opening the various grids for learning so that people can pay to piggyback on broadband access from their schools out of hours?”

Mr Vaizey replied:

“The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. … There are technical difficulties with achieving that, but if they can be overcome, it should certainly be done.”

Read Duncan’s question and Ed Vaizey’s reply in full.