Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed government plans for superfast broadband that leave out large parts of Dudley and the Black Country.
The Government’s superfast broadband scheme promised to bring superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the country, but the Black Country is set to miss that target.
Currently broadband exchanges in Dudley, Smethwick, West Bromwich, James Bridge, Halesowen, Blackheath and Stone Cross are not part of plans to upgrade speeds.
The government organisation in charge of broadband rollout, Broadband Delivery UK, has failed to back plans for a rollout in these areas blaming EU legislation.
Austin has written to the Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to ensure that Black Country families and businesses don’t lose out.
Ian Austin MP said:
“Constituents got in touch with me after being told by broadband companies that Dudley wouldn’t be seeing superfast broadband for years.
“The Government promised to bring higher speeds to 95 per cent of the country, and local businesses need to be able to operate at the same speed as those elsewhere, but they’re not going to hit that target in the Black Country.
“Instead, areas like Dudley that are heavily populated and home to many businesses are currently set to lose out.
“I’ve written to the Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to ensure that the Black Country isn’t left behind.”