One week on from the Fit to Switch launch event, there has been a lot of activity about the impending switch-off.

There have been a couple of big articles in national media outlining the importance of working together to spread the message.

These articles highlight why collaboration through Fit to Switch is vital to ensure the public are well-informed and well-prepared for the impending switch-off, and why Government and Ofcom need to step in to help raise awareness.

A Parliamentary debate also took place this week, led by Alistair Carmichael MP, on the withdrawal of copper wire telecommunication networks. Data and Digital Infrastructure Minister John Whittingdale closed the debate and said that:

Seven MPs and Shadow Digital Minister Chris Bryant took part in the debate, with their points covering rural areas being hit in particular, vulnerable people being at risk, telecoms industry not doing enough, mobile coverage lacking to compensate, and the need for Government and Ofcom to be more involved.

Comms Council UK engaged with Alistair Carmichael in advance of the debate, and we will reach out to him and other MPs involved in the debate in the new year.