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Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 114869, tabled on 12 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the results of the Government's assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the Shared Rural Network programme.

Answered on

16 November 2020

There has been no significant impact to the delivery of the Shared Rural Network programme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since signing the grant agreement in March, initial radio plans have been submitted to the regulator, Ofcom, and an open, fair and transparent competitive procurement process for the publicly funded elements of the programme has commenced.