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Housing: Internet

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) existing and (b) new housing stock has access to high speed broadband; and if he will make a statement. (131149)

The information is as follows:

(a) While the Government believe that the delivery of higher bandwidth broadband services is best left to the market, we are working with Ofcom and the industry-led Broadband Stakeholders Group to understand the potential barriers to further investment and how these might be addressed.

(b) DTI works closely with DCLG and built environment stakeholders, including English Partnerships and the Building Research Establishment, to raise awareness of the benefits and practicalities of digital connectivity. Examples of this work include the ‘Data Services—Connecting to Homes’ guidance for developers, currently in preparation, and the digital access provision (DAP) forum, producing best practice for digital connectivity at the earliest stages of the construction process.