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North Norfolk PPC campaigns for improved mobile phone coverage

Just Regional
Oct 15, 2014 2 mins read

Ann Steward, the former Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development and now the Prospective Parliamentary Conservative Candidate for North Norfolk, has welcomed moves by the Conservative group at Norfolk County Council to push forward with plans to allow mobile phone users to access full network coverage across Norfolk.

 In June, the Government announced plans to force mobile phone operators to share their networks to eliminate mobile “not-spots”.  These plans will follow on from similar schemes in parts of Europe where governments and even the European Commission promote passive infrastructure sharing among mobile operators.

 On Monday the Conservative group at Norfolk County Council will present a motion calling on all of Norfolk’s MPs to lobby together for the earliest possible enactment of the Government’s proposals.

 Ann Steward, who was a driving force in the County Council’s investment in the broadband upgrade, currently underway across Norfolk, thinks improvements in mobile phone coverage go hand in hand with better broadband. In recent months Ann has continued to campaign for better digital services for Norfolk and recently took part in a ministerial delegation led by George Freeman MP with the Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey MP.

Ann Steward, Conservative PPC for North Norfolk

Ann Steward, Conservative PPC for North Norfolk

 Ann said, “I know how many people and businesses are frustrated by patchy or non-existent mobile signal in parts of Norfolk; it’s one of the biggest issues facing our county. The problem is particularly bad in North Norfolk where rural communities suffer very poor mobile service and feel all the more isolated.

 It has far-reaching implications, on our health and welfare, on our competitiveness, on our learning opportunities and on Norfolk’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business. It is a Conservative priority to enable mobile phone users to “roam” across networks to access the best coverage and I hope to drive this forward at the earliest opportunity.

 I am passionate about releasing Norfolk’s economic potential by improving essential infrastructure; from upgrading phone and broadband provision to modernising roads and rail services.”

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