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Telecommunications: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 907740, tabled on 23 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the combined effect of poor mobile phone signal and poor broadband provision on rural communities and businesses.

Answered on

26 February 2015

The Government recognises the importance of a good broadband and mobile connectivity to rural communities and businesses. We are meeting the challenge by:

  • Rolling out superfast broadband to over 40,000 premises a week and investing £10m to develop options for the most remote areas;
  • Tackling mobile partial not-spots through an agreement with mobile network operators that is legally binding and guarantees £5bn commercial investment by 2017. Each operator will cover 90% of the UK’s landmass, halving partial not-spots and cutting complete not-spots by almost two-thirds;
  • Investing £150 million to bring mobile services to remote areas of the UK with no mobile coverage.
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