Local MP Simon Hart has joined 100 cross-party MPs and Peers in writing an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to continue investing in fixed and mobile broadband as part of the Spending Review and in the future.
The letter was co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Communication.
The letter highlighted the fact that 17 per cent of the UK does not have a superfast broadband connection and, even worse, some 500,000 households still lack even basic broadband.
It adds: 'We urge you to consider the importance of continued state investment in both mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure as part of the Spending Review, so that the digital divide does not widen and deepen, and so that we can provide the same digital opportunities to everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live.
'Continued investment will ensure that we will not split the superconnected from those for whom the 21st century economy is another country. We urge you to invest in creating one digital nation.
Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
15, St John St
or 0207 219 3000