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)
The regulator’s suggested changes are designed to encourage ‘bolder investment in broadband’, according to The Sunday Times.
They would see permitted to charge more to broadband providers using its Openreach network to fund high-speed fibre in rural areas. Providers such as TalkTalk and Sky would then have to decide whether to pass on the extra costs to consumers.
Ofcom describes the proposals as a ‘radical departure’ from current arrangements and argues that it would allow Openreach to ‘profitably invest in full fibre at low risk’ and clarified that ‘it is unlikely our proposals will lead to people in rural areas paying more than customers in towns and cities’.
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