MEP fights broadband red-tape

PLANS to upgrade broadband speeds across East Sussex must not be delayed any further. European red tape must not stand in the way of super-fast broadband being provided across East Sussex and the South East. In a letter sent to the EU Commission’s vice-president Joaquin Alumnia I am seeking assurances that there are no further delays in the plans of East Sussex County Council or Broadband Delivery UK, to upgrade broadband speeds.

I have expressed my own concerns that businesses in my constituency and rural communities are being adversely affected by the delay; super-fast broadband will allow SME’s and rural communities to function and compete against businesses for investment and win new trade.

I am extremely annoyed EU red tape has delayed and has blocked essential improvements in telecommunications and internet speeds in East Sussex and across the South-East. I am seeking an immediate remedy here by Commissioner Alumnia and a clear explanation as to why this delay has taken place.

I would appreciate reader’s views on this issue and how they are being affected by slow internet speeds particularly in East Sussex please email richard.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu

Richard Ashworth

Conservative MEP for
the South East

Leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament