Communities and Business


The Countryside Alliance in the Daily Mail on phone coverage

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On Saturday 30th October the Daily Mail reported “Britain’s mobile phone scam: MPs’ report reveals 17million of us have bad signal at home, 525 blackspots and foreign visitors get better reception.” The report by the British Infrastructure Group of MPs, chaired by Grant Shapps MP, was a sorry tale, and the article quoted the Countryside…

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CA brief on superfast broadband rollout

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The Countryside Alliance briefed on the rollout of superfast broadband ahead of a Grand Committee in the House of Lords on Thursday 27th October. You can read our brief here. The Digital Economy Bill is currently going through Parliament and the Countryside Alliance is involved as a voice of our membership. Download our brief here: background-note-superfast-broadband-rollout-lord-foster-of-bath…

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Join Ofcom’s first crowdsourced research project

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Ofcom (The independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) has launched its first mobile research app – a new tool which will gather valuable information about mobile coverage, reliability of voice calls, mobile broadband performance and users’ experiences and habits. Ofcom’s press release is published below and the Countryside Alliance urges users to…

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Countryside Alliance appears before Public Bill Committee

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This week (11th October) the Countryside Alliance’s Head of Political Department James Legge appeared before the Public Bill Committee (see from 10.30am on this transcript) to give evidence to MPs about the Digital Economy Bill which is currently making its way towards the Statute Book. James appeared alongside Peter Moorey of consumer group “Which?” and both…

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Our brief on UK tourism and Brexit

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The Countryside Alliance’s political team has prepared the enclosed briefing ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on “Potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on UK tourism” (Nigel Huddleston, Conservative, Mid Worcestershire) on Wednesday 12 October, 16:30-17:30. Tourism in rural areas has huge potential not only to underpin local economies but also the national economy,…

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The CA’s Conservative Conference debate about the BBC

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On 4th October 2016 the Western Morning News published a report from the Countryside Alliance’s fringe debate, held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 3rd October. In “BBC ‘squeamish’ about nature, claim rural campaigners”, the paper reported that “MPs and rural campaigners have accused the BBC of “underserving” the countryside and being “squeamish”…

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Tackling Digital Exclusion in the Countryside at the Conservative Party Conference

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The Countryside Alliance hosted a fringe event on digital skills at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 3 October. The event, entitled Tackling Digital Exclusion in the Countryside, was an opportunity to discuss how best to tackle a lack of skills and confidence in using digital technology which faces many rural communities and…

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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

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At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear leadership and direction. As part of this Labour leadership campaign we have invited the Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP to set out their priorities for rural Britain.   Below…

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Countryside Alliance supports greater competition in the broadband market if it delivers connectivity to the countryside

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Ofcom has today (26 July 2016) announced plans to make digital communications work for everyone including major reform of Openreach, the network division of BT. The Countryside Alliance is fully supportive of a competitive broadband market and we have always said that the Government and Ofcom need to put consumers at the heart of their…

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