Broadband: Remote Working:Written question - 29216

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 March 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Broadband: Remote Working
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take to reserve broadband capacity for essential (a) workers and (b) services in the event that networks are overloaded as a result of increased home-working.
Answered by: Matt Warman
Answered on: 18 March 2020

DCMS is liaising closely with the main broadband providers to ensure network capacity is able to cope with the potential peak of home workers as a consequence of Covid-19. The telecoms sector has undertaken a significant amount of work over recent years to prepare for a pandemic, DCMS is reassured that those plans are extensive and that there is sufficient network capacity. However, we will remain in regular touch with companies and will continue to keep the situation under review.

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