Farm­ers’ broad­band in spot­light

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS and ru­ral busi­nesses have said poor broad­band con­nec­tions are leav­ing ru­ral ar­eas at an eco­nomic and so­cial dis­ad­van­tage.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence to the Com­mons Se­lect Com­mit­tee as part of an in­quiry into broad­band cov­er­age in re­mote ru­ral ar­eas, the Coun­try Land and Business As­so­ci­a­tion (CLA), which rep­re­sents hun­dreds of landown­ers, farm­ers and ru­ral busi­nesses in Buck­ing­hamshire, called for more to be done to im­prove ac­cess to broad­band.

This in­cludes a fixed-line broad­band ser­vice of at least 10 megabits per sec­ond and look­ing at us­ing al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies to en­sure the needs are met of the fi­nal five per cent of ru­ral ar­eas not cur­rently con­nected.

CLA di­rec­tor Robin Ed­wards said: “En­sur­ing univer­sal ac­cess to a mod­ern broad­band con­nec­tion is vi­tal to end­ing the eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tage faced by ru­ral ar­eas.”

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