Championing Innovation and Connectivity

Building an economy fit for the twenty-first century requires universal access to ultrafast fibre broadband.

I was thrilled that Openreach selected Salisbury to be the first city in the UK to get access to their 1Gbps full fibre broadband. This is a quantum leap for our city and will attract new companies to make Salisbury their home. I spent many months lobbying Openreach to make this decision, having first met them in the summer of 2018. I was therefore delighted to welcome their CEO and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to Salisbury in March 2019 to make the announcement.

I believe that everyone, including those from rural communities, should have access to this invaluable resource.

To tackle the issue of ‘not spots’, local entrepreneur and tech guru, James Body, has developed the CH4LKE Mobile Project – a new technological solution to provide a 4G signal and superfast broadband to rural communities in the Chalke Valley. I know from my inbox that rural mobile and broadband coverage is a critical issue for people across the constituency, so I have been aggressively promoting the CH4LKE Mobile Project with the DCMS in Whitehall.

I will be continuing to do all I can in the months ahead to help boost rural mobile and broadband coverage. 


Salisbury - First Full-fibre City

I'm extremely grateful to Clive Selley and the team at Openreach for the work they've done to make Salisbury the UK's first full-fibre city.

5G Project in the Chalke Valley

In Bowerchalke Village Hall today to catch up with local tech entrepreneur James Body to get the latest on the MONeH Consortium's 5G project in the Chalke Valley which received £2.4m from the government earlier this year.

Openreach Update

Brilliant to catch up with Openreach CEO Clive Selley in Salisbury this afternoon to hear about the progress that has been made in making us their first full fibre city in the UK.

Ultrafast Full Fibre Broadband for Salisbury!

I’m thrilled with today’s announcement by Openreach that they have chosen Salisbury to be their first entire city in the UK to have ultrafast full fibre broadband.