The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) has called for the Government to prioritise rural connectivity as survey results indicate that more than four in 10 farmers don't have enough broadband to conduct their businesses effectively, according to The Poultry Site.
The survey revealed that 15% of respondents have no indoor signal, 30% have download speeds of 2Mbps or less, and only 47% of mobile phones are internet enabled, of which only 84% of smartphones have access to 4G. The article notes that it is almost impossible to run a modern-day business without effective internet, while a lack of mobile phone signal can impact on issues like isolation and mental health. Only 17% had access to superfast download speeds of 24Mbps or more, and only 41% answered that the signal they receive is sufficient for the needs of their business.
In conclusion, 38% believe that the Government should provide the same service and infrastructure for rural communities as urban.
The Poultry Site - UK government must prioritise rural broadband and mobile coverage, says NFU
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