For too long our area has suffered from poor broadband coverage. Coming from a farming family in a rural village, I know how vital a proper broadband connection is to local businesses and families across our area.
That’s why I set up my Digital Divide campaign, Broadband Summits and Norfolk Way project, making sure Norfolk was the first county to get £60m of funding through the Government’s BDUK scheme for broadband investment to tackle this issue.
With fast road, rail and broadband connections we can unlock what I have called a ‘Rural Renaissance’ in our area, with proper digital infrastructure allowing businesses to set up in our villages and towns creating new high-skilled jobs and opportunities.
Whilst the £60m funding and progress in Norfolk is good news, too many rural areas are still not clear when or if they will be connected. Together with other Norfolk MPs, local businesses and councillors, I will go on making sure we continue tackling the remaining not-spots in our area, and make sure every business and family in Mid Norfolk has the high-speed connection they need.