Mobile and Broadband

The main parties on Digital Communications

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

    The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto – digital communication. Read our own manifesto chapter on digital communications here.  Conservative Provide superfast broadband to 95% of…

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Rural phone mast height subject of “nimbyism”?

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

On Thursday 26th March the Daily Telegraph ran a story headlined “Government rules out taller masts to improve rural mobile coverage.” The article reported “Calls by Britain’s mobile operators for planning restrictions to be relaxed so they can build taller masts that cover wider areas have been rejected by his (Culture Secretary Sajid Javid’s) officials….

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National Parks agree mobile signal deal

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

On Monday 14th July 2014 the North Devon Journal reported: “Remote parts of North Devon could soon see a boost in mobile phone signals after a deal was signed to boost signal strength without impacting the landscape. The landmark agreement between National Parks England and the Mobile Operators Association will see them join forces to…

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Innovative broadband pilots are a good first step

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance (CA) welcomes the Government’s confirmation today (9 February 2015) that seven pilot projects are on track to bring superfast broadband to the most difficult to connect communities in the UK. The Government aims to provide  speeds of 24Mbps to 95% of the UK by 2017 and two million more homes and businesses…

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Major review of UK digital communications

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

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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Rural businesses left out of Government’s broadband scheme

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance is disappointed that rural enterprises have been left out of a Government initiative to improve broadband for small businesses, announced today (18 August). Broadband Connection Vouchers will enable businesses in 22 cities across the UK to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to upgrade their broadband connection, the Department of Culture,…

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