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29th July 2020

29th July 2020

Parliament is now in recess for the summer break but my work as a constituency MP and a minister in the Treasury does not stop during August!

This week, as well as my regular surgery meetings, there is a heavy focus on the telecoms sector in my diary – with some great news stories to take part in - both in Salisbury and in rural areas.

I was in Bowerchalke on Wednesday (29th July) for a meeting with local tech entrepreneur James Body and his team for an update on the MONeH Consortium’s 5G trial in the Chalke Valley.

Back in February, the government awarded them £2.4m to set up a trial based on small cell technology to boost connectivity in rural areas. I am hopeful that they successfully pioneer a new way of approaching this problem and provide a template, which can be rolled out in other parts of South Wiltshire in due course.

Then on Saturday (1st August), I will be delighted to host Openreach CEO Clive Selley in Salisbury for some activities to mark the successful completion of the full fibre 1Gbps rollout across the city.

With all the infrastructure now in place and in the ground, we need to make sure that more homes and businesses are connected to take advantage of Salisbury being the first full fibre city in the UK.

I know that, for a small minority of you, reading this will be a little bittersweet, given it has not been possible to connect every home in the constituency to the Full Fibre rollout and rural areas outside the Chalke Valley will not get 5G at this stage. 

However, I can assure you that the government understands the importance of getting everyone fast and reliable connectivity to the internet – especially as more people are likely to work from home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are investing £5bn to go as far as we possibly can to get gigabit broadband in as many locations as possible by 2025. 

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