Over the last few years, internet users all over the country have suffered poor speeds and an even poorer service as a result of BT’s underinvestment in the national network. While Sutton is supposed to have some of the highest broadband speeds in the country, outages and unreliable access can make it difficult for businesses and individuals to confidently run their lives online.
Ofcom has set out their plans to improve Openreach, and they have asked the public for their views in a once-in-a-decade consultation. While the proposed consultation is a step in the right direction, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake believes that stronger action needs to be taken in order to ensure that local residents and businesses have the digital future they deserve. The UK’s digital economy is more important than ever before and even with a £1.7 billion taxpayer subsidy, too many people are subject to a postcode lottery when it comes to receiving a fast, reliable broadband service.