Farmers’ broadband in spotlight
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.”