Friday 10 March 2017 / 11:00 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Government must deliver the broadband infrastructure that UK homes and businesses need – Tom Watson

Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,
commenting on the announcement of
an agreement for Openreach to legally separate from BT, said:

“This is a welcome announcement
that must now deliver for customers, far too many of whom don’t
have access to broadband or put up with a poor quality service.  

“The Government’s failure to
create healthy competition in the UK’s digital market has caused the rollout
of broadband to be far too slow and millions of British households and
businesses have paid the price, at a cost of billions of pounds to the

“While the legal separation of
Openreach from BT is clearly a good thing for consumers we must also ensure it
works for Openreach’s 32,000 employees and the Government must work with CWU to
ensure that jobs, pensions and terms and conditions are protected.

“Now the separation has been
agreed the Government must waste no time in delivering the broadband
infrastructure that UK homes and businesses so badly need.”