Let’s reboot 'left-behind' Britain with a turbo-charged broadband revolution

Undated handout photo issued by BT of Openreach engineer Stuart MacDonald in North Tolsta, as the remote community in the Western Isles is the first in Scotland to test increased broadband speeds over long phone lines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 18, 2016. Initial results from around 20 homes in North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis have seen "significant increases" in fibre broadband speeds and could lead to a roll-out in rural areas across the country. See PA story SCOTLAND Broadband Remote. Photo credit should read: Iain MacDonald/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Fast internet connection is not some metropolitan luxury Credit: Iain MacDonald/ PA

An urgent full fibre roll-out will help us tackle the digital divide

I was speaking to some Lincolnshire Conservatives the other night, and there was one thing those farmers wanted me to do to improve their lives – and they wanted it done as fast as possible. Yes, they want a good Brexit by October 31, and if I am elected, that is certainly what we will do. Yes, they want a government that will champion British farming and British food production; and as someone who partly grew up on a family farm (milked cows, dipped sheep) I am totally committed to supporting farming and rural life.

But when I mentioned another priority of mine – almost casually – those farmers smote their weatherbeaten hands...

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