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Mobile and Broadband

Worried about the digital divide

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance has called for “equal focus and appetite for delivering broadband in rural areas” following Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s announcement this week that £114m is to be invested in broadband for cities.  The investment will see the four UK capital cities along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester move towards…

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What is 4G? Why do we need it?

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

4G is the next generation of fast, mobile internet, with huge potential benefits to society and the economy. 4G is critical to the future success of the UK and more importantly, it has the potential to deliver broadband in rural areas where we will never see fixed line rolled out or where we have slow…

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Review broadband scheme urgently

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The government must urgently review its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project or rural communities and businesses will suffer, says the Countryside Alliance. Our comments follow the publication today (26 September) of a hard-hitting report criticising the rollout of rural broadband by BT by the Committee for Public Accounts.  “We have long been concerned about the…

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Swift delivery needed on 4G

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

As Ofcom announce the five winning bidders to deliver 4G in the UK the Countryside Alliance has called for a clear and swift schedule for delivery for rural areas amidst fears the city markets will be served first. One block of spectrum contains a 98% indoor coverage obligation*, which was won by Telefonica/O2, and this…

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Download our mobile phone coverage report “Sick of no signal”

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance’s mobile phone signal report was recently supported across all political parties during Party Conference season. Our basic message, that rural subscribers pay the same amount as urban subscribers despite worse coverage, is backed up by statistics gleaned from our crowd-sourced data. That data, compiled and verified by independent company RootMetrics, shows that…

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CA broadband brief for Parliamentarians

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance briefed ahead of a debate on the House of Lords Communications Committee report into broadband. We welcome many of the recommendations put forward and are keen to see broadband, which is essential to rural communities, rolled out quickly for the good of rural communities and businesses.  COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT ON BROADBAND HOUSE…

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2015 General Election Manifesto

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

Ahead of the May 2015 General Election the Countryside Alliance has launched its manifesto which it will use as a tool to communicate with all parties and candidates to put the countryside’s case. The manifesto is presented under five headings: digital communications; food & farming; rural communities; rural services and wildlife management. Under each heading…

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