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Procedure : 2006/2209(REG)
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PV 05/05/2009 - 17
CRE 05/05/2009 - 17

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PV 19/02/2009 - 5.2
CRE 19/02/2009 - 5.2
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PV 06/05/2009 - 4.6
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Wednesday, 6 May 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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- Report: Petya Stavreva (A6-0259/2009 )

  Neena Gill (PSE ). - Mr President, my constituency in the West Midlands encompasses both urban and rural areas, and the broadband provision in the rural areas is downright appalling. Let me give the example of a town on the Welsh border, Knighton, where entrepreneurs are being let down by poor connections and are all saying ‘rescue me’. One of my constituents wanted to set up a business offering online services – which was particularly crucial as he has a disability, and working from home was the best way for him to do this. Unfortunately, owing to the monopoly, the connection is very slow and not conducive to running a business.

This funding is therefore crucial to rural areas and to economic recovery, and I wanted to ensure that it is distributed fairly across all the Member States, prioritising areas where there is unworkable broadband coverage. I call upon all parties to rapidly come together right now over this and, once and for all, bridge this unfair digital divide.

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