Cameron Wants New Law for Phone Masts

Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to change the law so more mobile phone masts can be built to boost broadband.

Cameron said that MPs "have all been guilty" of leading campaigns against phone masts in the past and said the focus should be on "ensuring everyone is connected to the information super highway".

The comments from Cameron could mean a change in law in next week's budget.

The Prime Minister said more needs to be done to allow homes access to superfast broadband, even though the number of homes accessing superfast broadband has doubled since 2010.

He said: "I think this is something for members right across the House. Ten years ago we were all rather guilty of leading campaigns against masts and the rest of it.

"Our constituents now want coverage for the internet; they want coverage for mobile phones.

"We need to make sure we change the law in all the ways necessary to make sure... the masts are built, we increase coverage and we ensure everyone is connected to the information superhighway."

The government believes it is on track to meet its goals of providing superfast broadband coverage to 90% of the UK by early 2016 and 95% by December 2017.

Critics have accused ministers however of moving the targets to guarantee compliance.

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