Jo Stevens MP

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Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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'Make the Air Fair' Campaign Response

I have been contacted by many concerned constituents recently regarding Ofcom's consultation on the release of the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands of the mobile spectrum. I am aware that several organisations, including 'Make the Air Fair' are calling for a cap of 30% spectrum ownership for any one network operator.

Access to high-quality mobile phone services is essential. As well as helping people to interact it is also key for our economy and public services. Mobile connectivity needs to improve and it is essential that the mobile market is fair and competitive.

Customer choice and reliable coverage should be available everywhere in the UK. The National Infrastructure Commission has said there are "too many digital deserts" across the country, and ranked Britain 54th in the world for 4G coverage.

During the last Parliament, the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition Government failed to improve mobile connectivity and whilst some measures in the current Government's Digital Economy Bill are welcome, they don’t go far enough.

As you know, Ofcom is currently consulting on the release of the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands of the mobile spectrum. I am aware that several organisations, including 'Make the Air Fair' are calling for a cap of 30% spectrum ownership for any one network operator.

This band of spectrum is one of our most significant public assets. How it is auctioned and regulated are issues of critical importance to the economy.

The Government has completely failed to foster a competitive communications market. Ofcom should be supported to make sure that happens.

Licensing conditions for the spectrum auction must be ambitious and tough. These auctions should benefit everyone through better coverage and contribute to our digital economy, rather than simply raising revenue or providing benefit to the mobile network operators.

I have written to Sharon White, the Chief Executive of Ofcom, to raise these points and ask what plans Ofcom has in regards to the upcoming auction, to ensure that no mobile operator begins to establish to dominant control over the total mobile phone spectrum. You can read my letter to Sharon White below.

I will follow the outcome of Ofcom's consultation closely and can assure you that I will continue to press the Government to improve communications infrastructure and mobile network coverage in all areas of the UK.

Thank you once again for contacting me and for sharing your views.

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January 16 2017

 

Dear Ms White,

I have been contacted by many constituents in relation to the upcoming spectrum auction for the 2.3 GHz and 3.4GHz ranges.

My constituents are very concerned that previous auctions have disproportionately benefited the largest mobile phone companies. They want measures in place to prevent the same advantage to the largest companies occurring with the next auction.

They and I also have concerns that with more than one company owning more than 30% of the total available mobile phone spectrum, that company will dominate the market and lead to prices for mobile phone contracts being driven up.

I would hope that the regulator has plans in place to ensure this isn’t the case to ensure that my constituents get the best deal from this auction in the long term.

It is vital that Ofcom makes customers’ need for high quality and affordable mobile services a key consideration in its approach to the auction and ensures a fair and competitive mobile market.

Could you please write to me setting out what plans Ofcom has in regard to the upcoming auction, to ensure that no mobile operator begins to establish to dominant control over the total available mobile phone spectrum?

Thank you and I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Stevens MP

Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central

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Public consultation has now started on the City of Cardiff Council’s 15-year vision to improve cycling and walking routes across the city, with an Integrated Network Map for walking and cycling. This will meet the requirements of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to plan for the provision of routes and improvements for active travel.

This consultation closes on Tuesday 28th March 2017.

You can view the Council's plans by clicking here.

Written responses

You can download the consultation form (16kb DOC) and send it to transportpolicy@cardiff.gov.uk


If you are providing comments on specific routes or schemes, please provide location details and scheme reference numbers.

Consultation events

Cardiff Council will be running consultation events during February where you can view the proposals and have your say. 
Once details of this are announced, I will post them on the website.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 28th March 2017.

 

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Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) have organised a launch event to celebrate the commencement of redevelopment work on the Maelfa Centre in Llanedeyrn. 

This event will be held on Tuesday 24th January, from 3pm-7pm in the main site office in the shopping centre (formerly the old Llanedeyrn Library).

The event will consist of the following:

  • Site tours
  • Refreshments
  • Kids activities 
  • Work placement & training opportunities 

This event will serve as a fantastic opportunity for the community to view for themselves the future of the area and the redevelopment plans in more detail.

For more information on this event, and the regeneration project itself, please click here, or alternatively you can call 02920 468416 or email info@ccha.org.uk.

 

To view the redevelopment plans, please click here.

And you can see more of the plans, including information on service closures as the redevelopment work takes place by clicking here.

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