Mr. Ashworth abstained on the vote on ACTA 
Mr. Ashworth wrote an open letter on 20 August 2012. The substantive text of the letter reads:
Plans to upgrade broadband speeds across East Sussex must not be delayed any further. European red-tape must not stand in the way of super-fast broadband being provided across East Sussex and the South East.
In a letter to the EU Commission's Vice President Jacques Almunia I have am seeking assurances that their are no further delays in the plans of East Sussex County Council or Broadband Delivery UK, to upgrade broadband speeds.
I have expressed my own concerns that businesses in my constituency and rural communities are being adversly affected by the delay; super-fast broadband will allow SME's and rural communities to functionand compete against businesses and win new trade.
I am extremely annoyed EU red tape has blocked essential improvements in tele-communications and internet speeds in East Sussex and across the South East. I am seeking an immediate remedy here by Commissioner Almunia and a clear explanation as to why this delay has taken place.
- [https://plus.google.com/112648813199640203443/posts/KXvznfj2MRn The 165 that abstained ACTA vote, July 4 2012, Jan Wildeboer