Westminster talks invite for rural broadband campaigner

A campaigner fighting for superfast broadband in rural Shropshire has been invited to speak on the issue in Westminster.

Campaigner Patrick Cosgrove will speak to a cross-party group in the House of Commons about problems faced by rural areas with slow internet speed.

He claims a £25m scheme by BT and Shropshire Council "favours" areas where broadband is already fast enough.

The Digital Policy Alliance (DPA) will hear his concerns on Monday.

'Rural homes'

The DPA is a cross-party group set up to inform government policy-makers on the provision of faster broadband in rural areas.

Mr Cosgrove, a member of the South-West Shropshire and Marches Better Broadband campaign, said he hopes the meeting will influence the government's future plans to "ensure that all rural premises have a good broadband connection."

In October, Shropshire Council announced that about 6,000 homes and businesses in rural Shropshire would get superfast broadband by the end of spring 2016 as part of the £25m scheme.

Details on which other parts of the county will get superfast broadband are to be released in January.

The plans had previously been in doubt, after Telford and Wrekin Council said it could not justify the spending required and pulled out of the joint project with Shropshire Council.

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