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)
Ofcom has put 5G and rural connectivity at the top of its priority list for the year. In a press statement it said: ‘We want to see rural communities getting the kind of mobile coverage that people expect in towns and cities.’ Specifically, the plan details that Ofcom ‘will explore a range of policy options and technologies’ for rural areas and ‘continue to develop proposals for new licence obligations that would require improvements in mobile coverage in rural areas’.
Ofcom has promised to publish a further statement on rural connectivity in the third quarter of the year, and expects to begin auction applications for providers in December 2019. ‘We will also continue to look at how mobile coverage can be measured and reported more clearly to consumers,’ it added.
→ Ofcom - Statement: Ofcom's Annual Plan 2019/20
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