*Note of clarification: In Somerton and Frome, more than 90% of households do not have access to gigabit broadband. However, over 82% have access to superfast broadband and the excellent team at Connecting Devon and Somerset is forecasting a 10.6% increase in coverage by 2024.
For too long, Somerset has suffered from a fiscal concentration on London and the South East. A major part of addressing this issue is for those outside that metropolitan bubble to be given adequate investment in connectivity and infrastructure. As the MP’s representative on the Heart of the South West LEP, I see first-hand the desperate need for investment, but also the wonderful potential that even modest investment can unlock.