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Latest NewsLocal MPs Join Forces to Press for Better Mobile Coverage
Four MPs from the region, Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole), Sir Greg Knight (East Yorkshire), Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes) and Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness) have joined forces to press for better mobile coverage in East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.
In the debate at Westminster Sir Greg Knight said: “Only about 45% of households having access to 3G coverage at home and, on top of that, those are the very households that do not get superfast broadband, so we are dealing with people who are geographically isolated and also, currently, digitally isolated”.
Campaigning for better mobile coverage (l-r): Andrew Percy MP, Sir Greg Knight MP, Graham Stuart MP, Martin Vickers MP.
Andrew Percy said mobile coverage in his area was “terrible” and that he was, “sick of hearing stories about people having to go to the bottom of their back garden to get a signal”.
Responding the Minister Ed Vaizey said that mobile network operators now had an obligation to cover 90% of the UK landmass by 2017. Under the mobile infrastructure programme, £150 million of Government money has been provided to build masts in ‘not spot’ areas and 600 potential sites are being considered.
Sir Greg adds: “The Government has secured a deal with the networks which will see them invest around £5bn. This should expand mobile coverage to 99% of the local area by 2017. This is great news and we will now monitor the mobile networks to make sure they make this a reality and fix the problem spots that exist”.