What steps her Department is taking to improve (a) broadband and (b) mobile phone coverage in rural areas.
16 January 2020
The government’s £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme is already supporting rollout of gigabit broadband in rural areas.
The government has also pledged £5bn of funding for Gigabit broadband in the ‘hardest to reach’, predominantly rural, areas of the UK.
The government announced in-principle support in October 2019 for the Mobile Network Operators’ Shared Rural Network proposal. It aims to collectively increase 4G mobile coverage throughout the United Kingdom to 95% by 2025.