Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Making more spectrum available for the Internet and digital age
When you phone someone or connect to the Internet, your communications are 'carried by' the radio spectrum. This spectrum is finite, and as demand for the Internet increases, there will be less and less spectrum available. We need to release more of the spectrum from the public sector, so companies and households do not have to face 'digital blackouts' or sudden price hikes. These would be devastating to consumers and the economy.
I believe
  1. A review of all spectrum usage across Government, compiled in a central database
  2. Government must release at least 650MHz of spectrum by 2020 to private companies
  3. Spectrum licences should be liberalised and restrictions softened
  4. We must encourage research and development of new technology to boost spectrum efficiency
Actions undertaken in Parliament
  1. Spoken in 6 debates on the Internet and 3 debates on broadband in the House of Commons
  2. Asked 6 written questions to Ministers
  3. Published over 10 articles in the national and local media
  4. Replied to as many as 125 letters from constituents about broadband and Internet services
Recent activities
Adam Afriyie chairs vital broadband meeting

As Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, Adam Afriyie MP chaired an event with the Digital Policy Alliance to raise the issue of broadband. Despite the broadband rollout, the Government is still looking for solutions to reach the final 5% of properties in the UK.

The event brought together experts on satellite broadband, rural affairs and digital inclusion as well as several parliamentarians to discuss the issue.

Mr Afriyie said after the event:

“Broadband has become vital for British businesses, students and families. It’s no longer acceptable to leave some areas without a basic level of access.

“If we’re going to move ahead with life-changing technologies such as financial technology, driverless cars and the internet of things and as more public services are made available online, we need to ensure that everyone has the access to use them.

Radio spectrum efficiency

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to encourage public sector users of the radio spectrum to share bands.

Mr Edward Vaizey (Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries): All public sector spectrum users are subject to Administered Incentive Pricing (AIP) which serves to encourage spectrum to be used efficiently or released to other uses. This charge is set by HM Treasury with advice from Ofcom and the DCMS.

Adam Afriyie restates the need for more spectrum to meet rising internet usage

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, today has reiterated his call to release 650MHz of radio spectrum from the public sector for commercial use.

The FSB yesterday criticised internet speeds across the UK. A poll of its members revealed that only 15% were satisfied with broadband speeds.

Adam Afriyie said:

“Businesses need good quality Internet to create jobs and prosperity. The Government has done great work rolling out superfast broadband to hard-to-reach locations, but soaring demand has put our network under serious pressure.

Availability of superfast broadband in Windsor

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress he has made on improving the availability of superfast broadband in (a) the Thames Valley and (b) Windsor constituency.

Edward Vaizey (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DCMS; Wantage, Conservative): I can confirm that the Berkshire broadband project was allocated £2.03 million, which was matched by the Berkshire councils, the project signed its supplier contract on 4 October 2013 and is proposing to make available superfast broadband to over 17,000 premises that would not otherwise have got it.

Vibrant broadband needs better access to the airwaves

The Internet is economically vital and a must-have fourth utility for most households. Demand is escalating and to stay ahead we must rethink how the limited spectrum is allocated as I argue today in Computer Weekly.

We must make sure that the UK telecommunications network – that carries all these digital signals – has a sustainable future. As demand for these services expand, the network must be able to handle this increase in traffic. That’s why I’m calling on the Government to release an extra 650MHz of spectrum to private businesses from the public sector.

Read the article on Computer Weekly