Mobile and Broadband

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

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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…

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CA consultation response on Broadband USO

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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…

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

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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…

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Briefing note for Parliamentary debate on BT broadband provision

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Below is a briefing note ahead of this afternoon’s Westminster Hall Debate secured by Helen Goodman MP (Labour, Bishop Auckland) on BT broadband provision for local businesses, scheduled to take place from 1:30pm-3:00pm. The Countryside Alliance believes that high speed broadband is an essential service alongside water, electricity and gas; but is nowhere near as available in…

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OFCOM proposals could close digital divide between town and country, says Alliance

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The initial findings of the OFCOM digital review, which has been published today (25 February), could signal positive change for mobile phone reception and broadband speeds in rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance. The Alliance has long campaigned for better broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas and believes we need a competitive market that…

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CA briefing for Westminster Hall debate on the Mobile Infrastructure Project

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A Westminster Hall Debate on the Mobile Infrastructure Project, secured by John Glen MP (Con, Salisbury), will take place on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 4:00-4:30pm. The Countryside Alliance welcomes this important debate and recognises the importance of good mobile phone coverage in rural areas and has sent a brief to MPs ahead of the debate –…

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CA briefing for Westminster Hall debate on broadband speeds in Northern Ireland

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A Westminster Hall Debate was secured by Margaret Ritchie MP (SDLP, South Down) on broadband speeds in Northern Ireland and it took place on Wednesday 6 January 2016 (4:00pm- 4:30pm). Below is our briefing, sent to MPs ahead of the debate. High speed broadband is just as essential in rural areas but nowhere near as available as…

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