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Committee quiz Openreach and BDUK on poor connectivity in rural areas

20 November 2018

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The Select Committee on the Rural Economy asks representatives from BDUK and Openreach why they have not prioritised digital connectivity in rural areas.


Tuesday 20 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • James Heath – Director for Digital Infrastructure, UK Government
  • Henry Shennan – Deputy Director, Broadband and Telecoms Market, BDUK
  • Kim Mears – Managing Director for Strategic Infrastructure Development, OpenReach
  • Professor Claire Wallace – Chair in Sociology, University of Aberdeen

At 10.45am

  • Neil Parish MP, Chair, House of Commons EFRA Committee

Suggested questions

  • What kind of take-up has there been for community-led broadband schemes?
  • How will the USO work in practice and how will it be delivered?
  • What should be done to encourage more take-up of digital technologies among businesses operating in rural areas?
  • How much are small-scale housing developers (developments of less than 30 units) charged to deliver fibre-to-the-premises?

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