CLA highlights need for better rural broadband

Monday, December 15th 2014
Improved rural broadband is being called for by the CLA.
CLA highlights need for better rural broadband
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has told the government more needs to be done to promote improved access to broadband services in rural areas.

CLA President Henry Robinson stated: "Ensuring universal access to a modern broadband connection is vital to ending the economic disadvantage faced by rural areas."

He made his comments at a meeting of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee earlier this month and argued communities across the country outside of built-up urban settings could be getting left behind in the digital revolution.

With a government pledge to provide guaranteed access to broadband speeds of just 2 Mbps, these areas will not see the same benefits of the rollout of superfast connectivity as more urban settings in the years ahead and therefore increasing this commitment to a minimum of 10 Mbps is a must.

Mr Robinson concluded progress has been slow to extend to many rural areas so far and this too is an issue the government must look to address in the near future. 

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