A considerable part of Brentor still has no access to a decent broadband service, despite the provision of the Airband system. This has made home working difficult for some and has limited access to some digital communication systems. Our patchy mobile phone signal has added to this problem. The Government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has announced it will be looking at the impact of the ‘digital divide’ in accessing online support during the Covid-19 crisis.
MPs will hear evidence about the scale of digital exclusion at a time of a rapid shift online to access support during the Covid-19 outbreak. The challenges facing individuals and communities without access to online technology will be assessed as part of a wider inquiry examining sectors within the remit of the DCMS.
The enquiry will focus on the needs of vulnerable people such as those advised to shield, the government’s role in promoting digital inclusion and what impact digital exclusion could have in the longer term.
The inquiry into the Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors is now accepting evidence until Friday 19th June. Click here to go to the government website where you can give evidence.