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Updating you on our work in Europe

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: I was in Brussels last week at a meeting of European fieldsports body, FACE, of which the Countryside Alliance is an active member. I am honoured to be FACE’s UK Chairman and to represent British sporting interests at the highest level and I can feed back some interesting…

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Explaining 4G rollout

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

A lack of mobile signal and broadband in the countryside continues to be one of the biggest headaches for households and businesses alike. In a digital age, the need for mobile and broadband networks is just as important as the need for gas, electricity and water. We need to access more services online, including Government…

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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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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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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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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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Rural voters feel sidelined

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Sixty-four per cent of people living in the countryside do not believe that the Coalition Government’s policies are helping rural Britain, research for the Countryside Alliance has shown. Nearly three quarters of them (73%) think politicians are more interested in the views and values of city dwellers, especially…

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