Local MP Robert Largan has launched a broadband and mobile phone coverage survey.
The survey is part of Robert’s ongoing campaign to improve broadband and mobile services across the High Peak, and will help to identify the worst coverage blackspots.
Too many people are not getting the service they are paying for because the Peak District’s unique geography means the High Peak has some of the worst mobile coverage blackspots in the entire country.
Robert has raised this issue in Parliament many times, urging ministers to speed up the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband and boost mobile coverage to the hardest-to-reach places.
In the Autumn spending review, the Chancellor made a £5 billion commitment to support gigabit-capable broadband rollout to the hardest to reach areas of the UK.
Last year, Robert visited Openreach engineers on-site to learn more about their local broadband network (which is used by providers like BT, Sky, Plusnet, and TalkTalk) and the challenges faced in rolling out full-fibre to the hardest-to-reach homes.
Openreach has now included the High Peak in its plans to extend full-fibre broadband. They have also announced 15 new locally-based engineering jobs to help speed up the local rollout.
You can participate in the survey online at www.robertlargan.co.uk/broadbandsurvey or by contacting Robert’s office on 01663 769779.
Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, said:
“One of my top priorities is to improve the High Peak’s access to ultrafast broadband and reliable mobile phone coverage across our rural communities.
“More can be done so that everyone in the High Peak can enjoy the best possible digital connections.
“I have launched a local survey to get a complete picture of what is happening on the ground.
“Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. I will then produce a report for each of the providers, Openreach, and the Government, building the case for more investment in the High Peak.
“We all want our area to be the best place to live, run a business, and have a family.
“Let’s work together to improve our digital services and make the High Peak an even better place to live.”