Bill Wiggin MP held a Debate in the Chamber of the House of Commons last night on mobile signal in Fownhope and North Herefordshire.

On the evening of Tuesday, January 6, Bill Wiggin MP argued for increased mobile coverage for Fownhope and North Herefordshire with the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey MP.

During the debate Bill Wiggin MP said: “I look forward to seeing details in the coming weeks and months of how the agreement will improve signal in not just Herefordshire, but in Fownhope specifically.

I urge the Minister to take this opportunity to do everything he can to put more pressure not only on mobile phone providers but on BT to provide the one thing we all want—in the 21st century, it is our right—and that is our ability to communicate.”

The Minister Ed Vaizey said: “We think that, as a result of that deal, complete not spots in Herefordshire will be eliminated all together, and only 5% will remain in partial not spots. Those improvements should happen over the next three years. Therefore, 95% of Herefordshire should have coverage from all four operators.”

After the debate Bill Wiggin MP said: “It is very good news that complete not spots will soon be eliminated in Herefordshire all together.

Herefordshire and my constituents has suffered for too long with poor mobile reception so I welcome the Minister’s comments that he thinks within the next three years 95% of Herefordshire will have mobile signal.

I now look forward to the success of Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal programme in Fownhope.”

For the full transcript of the debate please see the below link. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm150106/debtext/150106-0003.htm#15010649003760

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