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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

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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…

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

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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…

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Alliance concern as Parliament warns of broadband under-investment

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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…

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

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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…

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Your help is needed to improve rural broadband

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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…

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The Queen’s speech

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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…

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Countryside Alliance comment piece in Telegraph

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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…

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Standing up for the ‘final 5%’ on broadband

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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…

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European Growth Programme invites applications

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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…

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A welcome £6bn from BT on broadband, but more needed for “final 5%”

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes today’s announcement (5th May) from BT that it is investing £6bn on Superfast Broadband Roll-out and 4G, but warns that more must be done in rural areas to ensure the “final 5%” is not disadvantaged. BT has reported that at least 10m homes and businesses are to get ultrafast broadband through…

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Scottish Parliamentary Elections – our manifesto

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Elections to the Scottish Parliament took place on 5 May. The Countryside Alliance published its manifesto in April in order to put our rural priorities to candidates. The Scottish Parliament already has responsibility for healthcare, housing, policing and the environment. By the end of the next Parliament, it will have even greater powers which will make it one…

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