Rural landowners grant access to broadband providers
Feb 3rd 2017, 08:59 by Charlotte Whyatt
Members of the Country Land and Business Association (CLBA) have collectively decided to renew an agreement that would allow Britain’s broadband providers access to private land so that they’re able begin improving the quality of rural internet access.
The pledge comes in response to a request from the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport that the CLBA, which is made of up 30,000 landowners all across England and Wales, assist them with improving Britain’s rural broadband.
In his 2016 Autumn Statement, current Chancellor Philip Hammond stated that over £1bn would be invested into the UK’s digital infrastructure with priority being given to providing rural homes and businesses with superfast broadband.
“We fully support the Government’s commitment to full fibre roll out to improve broadband and mobile coverage,” said Charles Trotman, senior business and economics adviser at the CLA. “This latest push must end the long running rural-urban divide once and for all.”
Government funding has supported the roll-out of superfast broadband (which they define as that which can reach a speed of greater than 24mbps) to rural areas of the UK where many of the bigger providers like Virgin Media and BT haven’t been able to reach.
Last March, it was announced that the Government have been able support superfast broadband coverage to 90% of the country and are aiming to reach the last 5% by the end of December 2017.
Source: The Yorkshire Post
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