Mobile and Broadband

Countryside Alliance calls for sea change in government to ensure rural communities receive the political support and action they need and deserve

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Mobile and Broadband

Today (22 March 2018) the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act reports that the Government is failing rural communities and the responsibility for rural policy should be transferred from Defra. Giving evidence to the House of Lords Committee the Countryside Alliance highlighted a number of issues the report…

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Digital push by rural businesses could boost Scottish Economy, says report

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Today (Monday 12th March) Rural England CIC and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) published a joint research report, supported by Amazon, which explores the economic potential from rural based businesses across the UK taking-up digital opportunities that arise from broadband, mobile and other networks. The report highlighted how greater use of digital tools and services by…

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Countryside Alliance welcome Ofcom’s measures to boost full-fibre broadband

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Ofcom has announced today (Friday 23 February) that more UK homes are set to benefit from ultrafast internet speeds after Ofcom has decided to halve the upfront cost of building ‘full-fibre’ broadband networks. Full-fibre broadband is currently only available to just 3% of UK homes and offices. Ofcom’s announcement to increase investment in full fibre…

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Government give homes and businesses a legal right to demand broadband by 2020

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There is hope for the 1.1 million rural homes and businesses that still can’t receive decent broadband as today (Wednesday 20th December) the Government rejected the voluntary offer from BT to deliver broadband and will give individuals the legal right to demand 10 Mbps by 2020. The Countryside Alliance welcomes this move by Government to…

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Digital divide is still real in rural areas

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Digital divide is still real in rural areas: 17% of rural homes and businesses still can’t receive decent broadband and 82% can’t receive a 4G signal Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2017 Report released today (15 December 2017) states that 1.1m premises still don’t have access to decent broadband, meaning that 17% of rural homes and businesses…

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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

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting and Conservation

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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