Mobile and Broadband

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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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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