The amount of farmers who have access to superfast broadband has increased by 3% over the last year.
The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) has published the results of their annual survey on broadband connectivity in the UK.
480 members of the organization responded to these questions and as farmers, they generally live across the UK’s more rural, isolated locations.
Coverage tends to be worse in these types of areas as it may not be economically viable for suppliers to roll their service out there and it can be more difficult to build infrastructure across rural terrain.
While the findings of this survey do highlight that a bit of progress has been made in providing farmers with better connectivity, it also shows that there’s still a long way to go.
The survey shows that:
In terms of mobile broadband, the survey also shows that:
The NCU has warned that these inequalities are causing a two-tier system to form with farmers, and other residents of these rural areas, being left behind as those in larger, busier towns and cities look toward gigabit-capable broadband.
In order to boost 4G coverage, the government is teaming up with providers O2, Vodafone and Three to install 222 new mobile masts throughout the UK’s rural areas by 2024.
There’s a chance this could still miss some farmers out in Scotland however, as it will leave 9% of its landmass without a 4G signal.
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