MP and Council Leader join forces to call for more investment to tackle rural broadband ‘dead zones’

Bury North MP James Frith and Bury Council Leader Rishi Shori have teamed up to call on the government to invest more to bring high speed broadband to rural communities in Bury.

James wrote to BT to ask what they are doing to invest in bringing high speed fibre optic broadband to all communities in Bury after receiving complaints from local residents about poor connections and slow speeds. He said:

“Companies like BT aren’t putting in the investment needed and often ask residents who want faster connections to pay for the upgrades to cabinets themselves. The government needs to step in and provide investment and voucher schemes not just for businesses, but for residents too, especially in rural areas like Affetside in my constituency, which is something of a broadband dead zone.”

Councillor Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Council, said:

“I’m glad we now have an MP in Bury North who is taking up this issue in Parliament. Government can and must do more to ensure all residents have access to fast and reliable broadband services. We will happily work with government to identify areas like Affetside which need this investment. I am also working with Mayor Andy Burnham and the Combined Authority to seek funding opportunities to bring better broadband to residents and businesses across Bury.”

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