Mobile and Broadband

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Continue Reading

Scottish Parliamentary Elections – our manifesto

| About Us, Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Hunting, Mobile and Broadband, Regions, Shooting and Conservation

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…

Continue Reading

Government’s broadband speed guarantee must cover all premises, says Countryside Alliance

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

The Countryside Alliance is “very disappointed” by Culture minister Ed Vaizey’s comments that not all rural homes may receive the 10 megabits per second broadband speed promised to all by the Government in November. The Government is currently consulting on a plan for a universal service obligation (USO) that would mean highspeed broadband for all…

Continue Reading

CA consultation response on Broadband USO

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

The Countryside Alliance welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) consultation on a proposal for a broadband universal service obligation (USO). The Countryside Alliance believes that high speed broadband is an essential service alongside water, electricity and gas, but is nowhere near as available in rural areas as…

Continue Reading

Government takes action to improve mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas

| Campaigns, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

It has been a busy week for announcements from the Government on how they will support digital connectivity, providing the opportunity for everyone to connect to the information superhighway, and boost economic prosperity. Following on from the announcement in the Budget that Government would ‘reduce planning restrictions on existing mobile infrastructure and facilitate the taller…

Continue Reading

Latest Tweet: