Mobile and Broadband


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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Review broadband scheme urgently

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The government must urgently review its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project or rural communities and businesses will suffer, says the Countryside Alliance. Our comments follow the publication today (26 September) of a hard-hitting report criticising the rollout of rural broadband by BT by the Committee for Public Accounts.  “We have long been concerned about the…

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Swift delivery needed on 4G

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

As Ofcom announce the five winning bidders to deliver 4G in the UK the Countryside Alliance has called for a clear and swift schedule for delivery for rural areas amidst fears the city markets will be served first. One block of spectrum contains a 98% indoor coverage obligation*, which was won by Telefonica/O2, and this…

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Download our mobile phone coverage report “Sick of no signal”

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance’s mobile phone signal report was recently supported across all political parties during Party Conference season. Our basic message, that rural subscribers pay the same amount as urban subscribers despite worse coverage, is backed up by statistics gleaned from our crowd-sourced data. That data, compiled and verified by independent company RootMetrics, shows that…

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CA broadband brief for Parliamentarians

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance briefed ahead of a debate on the House of Lords Communications Committee report into broadband. We welcome many of the recommendations put forward and are keen to see broadband, which is essential to rural communities, rolled out quickly for the good of rural communities and businesses.  COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT ON BROADBAND HOUSE…

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