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Digital Infrastructure Minister faces questions on meeting broadband and 5G targets

16 October 2020

Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman faces questions from MPs on plans to meet the Government target for the whole of the UK to have access to gigabit-speed broadband connectivity by 2025 and majority 5G coverage by 2027.

Purpose of the session

The session will consider how realistic the ambition is and whether the Department’s plans sufficiently address the accelerated timeline for roll-out of full-fibre and 5G technologies.

MPs will seek an update on the progress made on allocating the £5 billion of public money to support roll-out to the hardest to reach properties as well as investigate any consideration of digitally excluded people in plans. It will also be an opportunity for the Minister to address the continuing barriers to deployment, raised by internet and mobile trade bodies last month, and set out the Government’s role in ensuring consumer demand, a key consideration raised in an evidence session with Which? and the CBI and Nesta.

This is the final oral evidence session of the DCMS Committee’s inquiry into Broadband and the Road to 5G.

Witness

Tuesday 20 October

At 10am

  • Matt Warman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Digital Infrastructure), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Further information

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