Mobile and Broadband

Countryside Alliance responds to Ofcom decision to force BT to separate from Openreach

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The Countryside Alliance has responded to this morning’s decision by Ofcom to force BT to legally separate from its Openreach decision. Head of Policy at the Alliance, Sarah Lee, has responded to the decision by calling for greater competition in the delivery of broadband infrastructure. Whilst seeing the potential advantages of BT and Openreach being…

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive argues that Government must address the digital skills divide

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Tim Bonner has written for the Huffington Post UK website about how the Government needs to develop a strategy for tackling the digital skills divide to complement its planned investment in digital infrastructure: The Reality Of The Digital Skills Divide In the comment piece Tim Bonner said: “More and more of the economic and social…

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Countryside Alliance speaks to Daily Telegraph about what the countryside will look like in 50 years

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Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, Sarah Lee, has spoken to the Daily Telegraph about what she thinks the countryside will look like in 50 years. Sarah was one of five experts asked for views. To read the article in full, please follow this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/0/will-our-countryside-still-look-like-this-in-50-years-five-exper/ She expressed concern that unless action is taken rural…

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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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Report from the Countryside Alliance fringe at the Labour Conference

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The Countryside Alliance held a debate at the Labour Party Conference on 26th September. The event, entitled “Tackling digital exclusion in the countryside” is reported on below.       Speakers: Tim Bonner, chief executive, Countryside Alliance Chi Onwurah MP, shadow minister for culture and the digital economy Tim O’Sullivan, head of public affairs, BT…

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Lib Dems discuss digital exclusion

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The Countryside Alliance hosted a fringe event on digital skills at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton on Monday 19 September. 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…

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