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Broadband and Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 900211, tabled on 16 January 2020

What steps her Department is taking to improve (a) broadband and (b) mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

Answered on

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.

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