Bill Wiggin MP is pushing for a better mobile signal for his entire constituency.

Following his meeting last month with the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State at the Department for Culture Media and Sport, about Fownhope, Mr Wiggin met with the Secretary of State again.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am fighting to improve the mobile reception for every single one of my constituents in North Herefordshire.

Herefordshire has patchy reception. This situation is unacceptable and I am determined that it should not be allowed to continue.

Following my meeting with the Secretary of State about the proposed Fownhope mast, I sought a second meeting to discuss reception in the rest of my constituency.

Bill handed over Fownhope petition to Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State at DCMS.
Bill handed over Fownhope petition to Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State at DCMS.

If people holidaying in the UK can access a better mobile signal when their phone roams, why can’t we do the same for those who live here too?

I am pleased to reveal the Secretary of State agrees with me and has now announced a consultation to make roaming a reality.

I would urge all my constituents who have problems with their mobile signal to take part in the consultation.

You can respond by email to: partialnotspots@culture.gsi.gov.uk; in writing to: Partial Not-Spots Consultation, Telecoms team, DCMS, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ, or online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tackling-partial-not-spots-in-mobile-phone-coverage.”

Mobile users in many parts of the UK regularly suffer from a poor signal leaving them unable to make calls or send texts.

These areas – so called ‘partial not-spots’ – have coverage from some but not all of the 4 mobile networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). Depending on the network consumers are on, they therefore may have no coverage.

The Culture Secretary is determined to improve coverage from all 4 networks in these areas and has therefore launched a consultation on the various legislative proposals that can help achieve this.

Sajid Javid said: “I’m determined to ensure the UK has world-class mobile phone coverage as investment in infrastructure will help drive this government’s long-term economic plan.

It can’t be right that in a fifth of the UK, people cannot use their phones to make a call. The government isn’t prepared to let that situation continue.

We’ve been talking to the mobile companies about the problem and they are working with us to find a solution.

This consultation will complement the work industry is doing and allow the government to hear from the wider telecoms sector, businesses and the public.

Businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile phones and improved coverage will help deliver jobs and economic security.”

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