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Mobile and Broadband

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…

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Briefing note for Parliamentary debate on BT broadband provision

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

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

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

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

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Mobile and Broadband

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

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Mobile and Broadband

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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Schoolboy creates poacher app to boost fight against wildlife crime

| About Us, Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Regions, Shooting and Conservation

TEENAGER Aaron Christiansen has created an app for reporting poaching as part of Project Poacher, a new national campaign to combat wildlife crime. The 15-year-old’s app, created in his spare time, makes it easy to use a mobile phone to report to the police suspicious activities that might be linked to poaching. The app can…

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Broadband speeds lag behind in rural areas, Ofcom report shows

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

The Countryside Alliance welcomes Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2015 report released today (1 December) which shows that the reach of broadband, both fixed and mobile, continued to increase across the UK over the past year. But while we welcome the increased connectivity across the UK, it is clear that rural areas are still lagging behind. Coverage…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver broadband to all

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

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Prime Minister’s recognition that broadband is as essential to UK homes and businesses as gas, electricity and water. Which is why the announcement that the Government will introduce a 10 Mb/s Universal Service Obligation for broadband is good news for those who live and work in the countryside where digital…

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Conservative Broadband Debate

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The lack of reliable high speed broadband is something which many people in rural areas consider to the biggest challenge to their communities. The Government has promised superfast broadband to 90% of UK premises by 2016 but this still leaves approx. 1.3 million homes and businesses without a superfast connection. Our fringe event “Broadband: why…

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