Bedfordshire MP says more needs to be done to improve rural broadband header image

A Bedfordshire MP has argued more needs to be done to improve superfast broadband coverage in his constituency.

Alistair Burt, who represents North East Bedfordshire, told Bedford Today he thought the government's £1.2 billion rural broadband rollout - which will bring connectivity to 90 per cent of the population by 2016 - had made "fantastic" progress to date.

He added, however, that many villages in the region appear to have been overlooked by planners and seem likely to continue struggling with slow internet speeds - if not no coverage whatsoever.

"I am concerned about large rural areas of my constituency that struggle with little or no broadband and have been given no prospect of improvements in the future," Mr Burt commented.

He added that in communities without superfast connectivity, it has become prohibitively difficult for residents to work or study from home.

If you live in a remote or hard-to-reach area and aren't covered by the government's rollout, consider switching to satellite broadband.