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Broadband: Coronavirus

Question for Treasury

UIN 38620, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer,if he will introduce funding to enable people who cannot access superfast broadband to stay connected online during lockdown through mobile data packages.

Answered on

27 April 2020

The Government has announced unprecedented support for businesses and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency.

The Government has also worked with the UK’s major telecommunications providers to agree measures to support connectivity for vulnerable consumers and the NHS.

In addition, the government recently announced that vulnerable and disadvantaged children across England are to receive laptops, tablets and 4G routers to make remote education accessible. We are also working with the major telecommunications providers to make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.

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