MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
A ‘decent’ connection is one that offers 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds. The annual report, Connected Nations, noted that although broadband speeds have been increasing across the country, 677,000 homes and businesses remain without a decent connection, with 73 per cent of these located in rural areas.
Elsewhere, Ofcom has announced a series of new measures to encourage network providers to improve coverage in rural areas. Ofcom is due to auction a new 700Mhz spectrum network next year, with the winning operators required to provide coverage from 500 new masts in rural areas.
Ofcom also noted that 83 per cent of urban homes and offices have complete 4G coverage, while the figure is less than half (41 per cent) in rural areas.
→ Computer Weekly - Broadband coverage improved through 2018, says Ofcom
→ The Guardian - Almost 700,000 UK homes stuck with slow broadband
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