East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight who has been calling for action to deal with poor broadband, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of £5 billion additional funding to support the roll out of full-fibre broadband in the hardest to reach 20% of the country.

Speaking in the House of Commons Sir Greg said: “One of the main difficulties facing small rural businesses is the non-availability of fast and reliable broadband? In the light of the government pledge can we now assume that the days in which a geographically isolated business is also digitally isolated really are numbered?”

Treasury Minister Simon Clarke responded by confirming that the £5 billion investment will ensure the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver full fibre broadband access by 2025 or before is fulfilled.

Sir Greg said: “People in East Yorkshire rightly expect access to high-speed broadband. Whether at home or work, fast broadband should be a reality in all our communities, and it is especially important in rural areas where the population is somewhat geographically isolated”.

He added: “Britain should be leading the world in digital innovation. We have come a long way, but with this new funding we will do even better delivering the broadband service that local people deserve”.