Mobile and Broadband

National Infrastructure Commission calls for “substantial investment” in digital infrastructure

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the publication of the interim National Infrastructure Assessment today (13 October) and the spotlight it shines on our digital connectivity. This is the first Assessment published by the National Infrastructure Commission, which was established in 2015 to provide independent advice to Government on long-term infrastructure priorities. The Assessment recognises the importance…

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UK broadband speeds highlight the need for better rural connectivity

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The UK has placed 31st in a ranking of global broadband speeds, lagging behind most of Europe according to a recent study by Cable.co.uk. Across the UK the average broadband download speed is 16.51 megabytes per second (Mbps), falling short of the average speeds enjoyed by our European neighbours including Germany (18.8Mbps), Spain (19.6Mbps), Sweden…

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BT’s rural broadband offer fails to promise connectivity for all

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Over the weekend BT announced plans to offer high-speed broadband to 1.4 million rural homes by 2020. BT estimates that the proposed investment would cost between £450m and £600m. BT’s offer comes after the government agreed to deliver a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation as set out in the Digital Economy Act. The government is now…

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The Government’s £400million broadband invest fails to benefit the countryside

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  The Government’s ambition to deliver full fibre broadband is to be lauded and the announcement today (3 July 2017) of the £400million Digital Investment Fund to unlock over £1billion is welcome news for those who are going to benefit. This fund will support the rollout of cutting edge connections and drive economies forward but…

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Help shape a new agenda for the countryside

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The Countryside Alliance is supporting the Rural England CIC (of which we are a stakeholder), the Rural Services Network and the University of Gloucestershire in shaping a new rural agenda. As the dust settles on the election Rural England are keen to find out the key issues that matter to people in rural areas. So…

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The Rural Charter – the Countryside Alliance General Election Manifesto 2017

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The Countryside Alliance has produced a manifesto for the countryside which highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside; from tackling rural crime and increasing the provision of affordable rural housing to ensuring universal access to high speed broadband and mobile phone signal. Download it here and use…

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Countryside Alliance launches Brexit policies

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 The Countryside Alliance has launched a Brexit policy document (25th April 2017) setting out the issues that need to be addressed in order to sustain a living and working countryside outside of the EU. The Countryside Alliance did not campaign during the EU referendum but the decision to leave the EU will have an impact…

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5 rural policies we want to see at the heart of the next government’s agenda

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When the Prime Minister called a General Election on Tuesday she revealed that she had made the final decision whilst walking with her husband in the glorious countryside of North Wales. Whilst her reasoning was largely related to delivering Brexit negotiations this will be a crucial election for…

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Rural Connectivity still lagging according to Ofcom

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The Countryside Alliance has today (16 December) welcomed the publication of Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report 2016, which provides the latest picture of superfast broadband and mobile coverage across the UK.   The Report shows that 1.4 million premises remain unable to access broadband speeds over 10 Mbit/s, the speeds required to meet a typical household’s…

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