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Broadband

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households that do not have access to broadband internet in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England. (243004)

The matter raised is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the creation of a universal service obligation in respect of broadband internet provision. (249018)

Since the announcement of the Digital Broadband Report on 17 October, this Department has received representations on universal service obligation in the form of correspondence from a Member of Parliament, a member of the Scottish Parliament and industry as well as a parliamentary question. The Digital Britain interim report will look at the case for a universal service commitment on broadband.