Teesdale farmers' broadband concerns raised in parliament

Thursday, June 26th 2014
Concerns relating to inadequate broadband in Teesdale have been raised in parliament.
Teesdale farmers' broadband concerns raised in parliament
Although advances are being made with regard to the rollout of high-speed broadband to the more rural communities of the UK, farmers in the Teesdale area have been left frustrated by their lack of an adequate internet connection.

In light of this, local MP Helen Goodman has raised the issue in parliament, calling on the government to address the situation and bring better broadband to farmers based in rural Teesdale.

This is despite agricultural workers being required to have access to online services to complete some parts of their business, as well as to network and communicate with others in the industry, which is something the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs classes as essential.

Ms Goodman stated: "The government has failed in its project to roll out broadband across the country."

The MP felt compelled to raise these concerns during a Westminster debate after meeting with the Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services (UTASS) group earlier this month.

Ms Goodman added: "In my constituency, only 46 per cent of farmers who go to UTASS have broadband."

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