Mobile and Broadband

Lib Dems discuss digital exclusion

| Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

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…

Continue Reading


Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Our Blog, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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…

Continue Reading

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

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

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…

Continue Reading

Alliance concern as Parliament warns of broadband under-investment

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

In a report published today (19 July 2016) “Establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK” Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee warns of the challenge of delivering broadband to the final five percent of premises and says BT is “significantly under investing” in Openreach. This finding is disappointing for rural residents and businesses, says the…

Continue Reading

Countryside Alliance welcomes Digital Economy Bill as a step closer for broadband connectivity in the countryside

| Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Digital Economy Bill today (5 July) by the government, which should secure the future of broadband in rural areas. This Bill is intended to “modernise our climate for enterprise, making sure Britain remains at the forefront of the global 21st century economy so that our businesses…

Continue Reading

Your help is needed to improve rural broadband

| Mobile and Broadband

Help Ofcom find out more about rural broadband experience by joining its research panel   Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. One of the ways Ofcom does its job is by conducting research to find out about the customer experience across the UK. Each year it reports its findings in its flagship…

Continue Reading


The Queen’s speech

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

The Queen opened the next session of Parliament this week outlining the Government’s programme of work for the coming parliamentary year. The Countryside Alliance has welcomed many of the measures contained in the Queen’s Speech, including plans to improve housing, broadband and transport, believing they will boost rural economies and address some of the challenges…

Continue Reading

Countryside Alliance comment piece in Telegraph

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance’s Head of Policy, Sarah Lee, wrote a comment piece on rural broadband which was published in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 7th May. The piece was entitled “This rural broadband betrayal is devastating for Tory heartlands” and in it Sarah wrote: “It would be unthinkable, and rightly so, to countenance cutting off water or electricity…

Continue Reading

Standing up for the ‘final 5%’ on broadband

| About Us, Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release, Regions

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Today saw a front page article in the Daily Telegraph about Government failings on connecting the ‘final 5%’ to superfast broadband and 4G . In a story entitled: “Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because ‘not everyone wants to be connected,’” Christopher Hope reported: ‘Instead fast broadband will only be provided in…

Continue Reading

European Growth Programme invites applications

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Mobile and Broadband

Defra reports: The European Growth Programme provides funding to help projects which create jobs and boost the economy in England. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners. The RPA invites applications for…

Continue Reading

Latest Tweet: