This morning I asked the government about the problem of superfast not-spots in urban areas. This has been an ongoing issue that affects a number of constituents in Birmingham Northfield and many of you have been in touch with me about it.

I have been raising this in Parliament over the last year and have also met with internet service providers (ISPs), highlighting concerns about the lack of coordination to reveal and plug gaps in the upgrade to superfast.

I will continue to seek answers on this in Parliament from the government as well as liaising with Birmingham City Council and ISPs, urging all three to work together and do what is necessary to get superfast broadband to these not-spot areas as soon as possible.

You can watch my question and the government’s response here:

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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