Thursday, 6 August 2009

Rural Broadband and the Latest CLA Campaign

Rural broadband users often have greater problems when it comes to broadband, than do urban users. Often, this is because of the longer distances between the exchange and the End User, decaying infrastructure and decades of under-investment. The CLA (Country Land & Business Association) has been actively fighting for all rural areas to have effective and affordable broadband since 2002 when they firstly forced BT to introduce trigger levels and then lobbied, successfully, for a national rural broadband roll out in 2005. The CLA also produced an excellent contribution in response to the interim Digital Britain report - the final version of which can be found here.

I have written several times about the centrality of broadband access for the future health and development of the rural economy and for those who live in the countryside, and it is clear that all those working towards improving the situation, and narrowing the digital divide, need to work together as much as possible. The CLA are a significant voice in these efforts and, as you will note from the points above, have already made substantial progress.

On 4th August 2009, the CLA launched the 'Staying in Touch' petition as a voice against rural 'not-spots.' The CLA write:

High-speed internet access will be essential in years to come for all businesses – rural and urban – and those communities that do not have it will be at a severe economic and social disadvantage.

The CLA has said time and time again that Government investment is an essential prerequisite to rolling out broadband to all. This is a fair first attempt at trying to resolve the digital divide but more needs to be done if those in remoter parts of the country are to have a future in digital Britain.

If you think the Government should do more to provide effective and affordable broadband for all rural areas, please sign our petition.

It will be formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Lord Mandelson by CLA President Henry Aubrey-Fletcher in October 2009.

If you are concerned about rural broadband access and the future of the rural economy, please sign the petition and make your voice heard!

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Having had some major problems with my own broadband service, I understand how others struggle to get help from BT.

There is a lot of good information out there, but it can be hard to find. So this blog is an attempt to pull some of it together, in one place.

It's a blog that really shouldn't be needed - if only BT and possibly other ISP's in the UK, provided useful customer support.