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How slow can it go? MPs continue to call for improved mobile network coverage in rural areas

MPs debated poor mobile network coverage in rural areas at Westminster this week, while the Government released a scheme to help improve slow broadband speeds.


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Thousands of businesses and home owners struggle with poor mobile phone signal
Thousands of businesses and home owners struggle with poor mobile phone signal

MPs have once again called for improved mobile network coverage in rural areas at a parliamentary debate this week.

 

Andrew Percy MP also called for a reform of the Electronic Communications Code, which governs the relationship between landowners and network companies.

 

CLA president Ross Murray commented on the state of rural network coverage saying, ’thousands of businesses and home owners in rural areas are in dire need of better mobile phone signal’.

 

He said: "Our experience is that landowners want to be part of delivering better mobile coverage.

 

"However the mobile companies have missed a series of roll-out targets for coverage and are blaming others.

 

Earlier this year, farmers took to social media to discuss their limited mobile network coverage, using the Twitter handle #ClubNoNetwork.

 

On discussing the much needed reform of the Electronic Communications Code Mr Murray added: “The Electronic Communications Code requires reform and we have supported sensible reforms that were proposed by the Law Commission in 2013 and have still not been implemented.

 

"What we do not support is mobile companies seeking to stop paying landowners a fair rate for using and accessing their land.”

 

Broadband improvements

 

Further to slow technology speeds, 300,000 homes and businesses in areas with the slowest broadband speeds in the UK will receive a free satellite dish as an ’early Christmas present’.

 

The Government scheme allows those unable to achieve an internet connection of more than 2mbps to claim about £350 towards the cost of a satellite dish, installation and a year’s subscription.

 

This continues the Government’s push towards allowing everyone the legal right to a minimum broadband speed of 10mbps by 2020.


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