RSN calls for improved rural broadband

Friday, December 12th 2014
Improved access to broadband for rural communities is a chief concern for RSN ahead of next year's general election.
RSN calls for improved rural broadband
The Rural Services Network (RSN) has published its manifesto ahead of next year's general election, which has outlined the body's present belief that access to improved broadband connectivity is needed across rural communities.

More ambitious plans should be put in place by any incoming government, as the current goal of achieving 2 Mbps download rates across the nation by 2016 is not only outdated, but is also unhelpful in terms of failing to drive forward upgrades for many networks.

Superfast broadband connectivity holds a raft of benefits for areas that receive it and RSN firmly believes these advantages should not be the sole preserve of those living in more urban surroundings.

RSN Chair Cecilia Motley commented: "In England, almost one in five people live in our rural towns, villages and countryside.

"Rural communities are significant contributors to the nation's economy. If they thrive, the chances are that the nation thrives too."

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