Ten years of rural broadband campaigns

A countryside organisation this week launched a policy paper on rural broadband to mark 10 years of lobbying for everyone in rural areas to benefit from an effective and affordable broadband connection.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its broadband campaign by publishing Broadband Fit for Rural Growth, which sets out its vision for the future of rural broadband and calls for a strategic alliance with other rural interest groups to further influence the rural broadband debate.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said that while broadband acts as an ‘economic driver’ as well as helping ‘social development’, between 15 and 20 per cent of those who live in rural areas are still unable to receive anywhere near the Government’s benchmark of two Megabits per second.