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Broadband is becoming a much more significant issue in the corridors of power, a new report has revealed.

According to ISPA, the number of written questions from MPs on broadband in the first nine months after the 2015 general election was 59 per cent higher than in the same period of the previous parliament.

Similarly, the number of mentions of broadband in the House of Commons was 63 per cent higher after the most recent general election.

Figures also showed that since May 2015, MPs have participated in six debates on broadband. By contrast, there was not a single debate on the issue in the nine months following the 2010 election.

The ISPA believes the figures reflect how broadband is now generally considered an essential utility for both consumers and businesses.

James Blessing, chair of the body, commented: "That isn’t to say broadband rollout isn’t without challenges.

"I am glad ISPA is proactively connecting ISPs with local MPs on how to bring the transformative effects of broadband to communities throughout the UK."

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