Mobile and Broadband


53% think broadband rollout is “poor”

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The National Audit Office today (5 July) released its report “The rural broadband programme”. The report is highly critical of the Department for Culture Media and Sport and its handling of the process to roll out broadband to rural areas. In polling carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Countryside Alliance last month, it…

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Innovation fund to boost rural broadband solutions

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a £10m project outlined by the Government today (15 January) that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in remote rural areas. The “competitive fund”, which was first announced in the chancellor’s Autumn statement last December, will open in early 2014 and be used to test broadband solutions aimed specifically…

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We need competitive 4G rollout

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

Today Ofcom has announced that Everything Everywhere (Orange and T Mobile) can start using part of their mobile network to deliver 4G services from September. 4G will revolutionise how we access the internet and if we can ensure rural areas area well catered for, it will give rural broadband users a real alternative to fixed…

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Superfast broadband boost for the countryside is announced

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The extra £250m, announced today by the Government, for superfast broadband to help business start-up and job creation in hard-to-reach areas, is a very welcome boost to rural communities, says Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner. “Superfast broadband provision in the countryside lags significantly behind that in urban areas,” says Sir Barney. “The Government’s efforts…

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Worried about the digital divide

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance has called for “equal focus and appetite for delivering broadband in rural areas” following Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s announcement this week that £114m is to be invested in broadband for cities.  The investment will see the four UK capital cities along with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds & Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester move towards…

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What is 4G? Why do we need it?

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

4G is the next generation of fast, mobile internet, with huge potential benefits to society and the economy. 4G is critical to the future success of the UK and more importantly, it has the potential to deliver broadband in rural areas where we will never see fixed line rolled out or where we have slow…

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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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