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Frustrated MPs, mainly from Devon and Somerset, have established an all-party parliamentary group aimed at investigating the roll-out of superfast broadband services in the region's rural communities.

The group said it will hold officials’ “feet to the fire&rdquo and will put pressure on BT to clarify its plans to improve coverage.

The coalition of MPs is expected to attract a large number of representatives from across the South West region, many of whom have been motivated by ongoing campaigns from local residents still waiting to hear if they will have access to the new superfast scheme.

It will be chaired by Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, while reports suggest fellow Somerset MP Rebecca Pow and Devon MP Neil Parish will also take an active role.

The group was formed on the back of a meeting of over 50 South West MPs last week to discuss the delivery of the government's Broadband Delivery UK scheme.

Many attendees claimed there was a real danger that the £780 million initiative would miss its target of connecting 95 per cent of homes and business to superfast internet by 2017.

Others expressed frustration at the lack of clear data being made available by project partner BT.

Explaining his concerns, Mr Liddell-Grainger said BT needed to do more to alleviate the concerns of both MPs and customers.

He said: “Thousands of people are still left with a third-rate service or even no service at all as a result of the delaying antics.

“This was not the intention: a firm timetable was set because consumers have had enough of delay and dither, but yet again BT is failing miserably.

“When you ask BT for clear figures on its progress, what they will say is that they are rolling it out as quickly as we can given it’s a very complicated project.

“We’re not getting answers and we’ve now decided to take things into our own hands.”

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