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New plans to make broadband available to all

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Michael Tomlinson welcomes the announcement of a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that will help ensure good quality broadband for even the hardest to reach places. The USO will give everyone a legal right to request an affordable broadband connection with appropriate speed.

Michael Tomlinson, who is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband, is pleased with the announcement saying “this is welcome news from the Government as it will help ensure that residents in hard to connect areas will not be left behind. This is important as it shows that many people now see broadband as a similarly important service as post and telephone”

The USO will take around two years to implement. The first step is a public consultation in early 2016.

Michael Tomlinson outside No 11 lobbying the Chancellor on Rural Broadband 1

Michael Tomlinson outside No 11 lobbying the Chancellor on Rural Broadband

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Michael was elected Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole at the 2015 General Election. He has lived locally with his family since moving to the area over a decade ago. Before being elected MP, he practised as a barrister, appearing in courts across the south west and beyond. In his spare time he likes spending time with his family, going for walks in our beautiful county and playing sport.

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