Last week at a meeting of business people in the Thames Valley I was told that some businesses lack electrical power and broadband capacity. They need both to do their jobs.
The UK wishes to be at the cutting edge of the digital revolution. We need to earn our high incomes by world standards by staying competitive and developing the new services and technologies of the age of the internet. It is bad news that in the Thames Valley, the UK’s answer to California’s Silicon Valley, we are being let down by a simple lack of cable and fibre optics.
I will take up the issues of insufficient power cable and insufficient high quality fibre optics and switching, as I understand their importance. I just hope our utilities are listening to their customers, and will do somnthing to sort it out. I am already in dialogue with Ed Vaizey, the broadband Minister, who is keen to see more and faster broadband thoughout the UK.