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CLA and NFU agreement paves way for superfast rural broadband
The digital divide narrowed today (10 January) after the CLA and NFU finalised a new agreement that will bring rural broadband one step closer.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [15 January 2013]
CLA marks 10 years of campaigning with big push for broadband in all rural areas
The CLA today (24 September) launched a policy paper on rural broadband to mark 10 years of lobbying for everyone in rural areas to benefit from an effective and affordable broadband connection.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [24 September 2012]
CLA backs Miller on broadband infrastructure
The CLA today (7 September 2012) supported new Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s acknowledgement that the regulatory burdens hampering broadband infrastructure should be removed.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [7 September 2012]
CLA and NFU encouraged by OFT’s Opinion on broadband proposals
The CLA and NFU were today (23 August) encouraged by the Opinion of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on the organisations’ jointly proposed recommendations on broadband wayleaves.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [23 August 2012]
CLA welcomes Lords’ recognition that broadband access is more important than speed
The CLA has welcomed recognition from the House of Lords that broadband access for all “should be a guiding principle” rather than superfast speeds, as outlined in a report published today (31 July) by the Select Committee on Communications.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [9 August 2012]
Government could miss 2015 broadband deadlines, says CLA
The CLA has warned that the Government could miss deadlines to provide superfast broadband of at least 24 megabits per second (mbps) for 90 percent of rural areas and its commitment to deliver 2 mbps to all rural areas by 2015.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [2 July 2012]
Universal Service Obligation for broadband ‘essential’, says CLA
The CLA has told the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications that the Government needs to provide a Universal Service Obligation for broadband of at least two Megabits per second (Mbps) in rural areas to close the widening digital divide.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [14 March 2012]
Rural areas still ignored in superfast broadband rollout, says CLA
Rural homes and businesses are still being ignored by major telecommunications companies competing to roll out faster speeds to areas that already have a good broadband service, the CLA said today (6 February).
[News and Press/News Archive] - [6 February 2012]
“All we want for Christmas is a good broadband connection”
Rural businesses and communities are putting a reliable broadband connection at the top of their Christmas and New Year wish list, according to the CLA.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [22 December 2011]
Get Online Week? But we Can’t Get Online!
Marchwood in Hampshire is a village of two halves. Divided by a by-pass, one side has a broadband connection but it is radically different on the opposite side. The residents of Beaulieu Road who can’t get online were out in force this week to back the...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [2 November 2011]
Satellite technology to connect rural communities to fast broadband service
The CLA and Hughes Europe are to host a demonstration in Hampshire of how satellite technology can provide rural communities who struggle to connect to the internet with an effective, affordable broadband service.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [27 October 2011]
Downton star backs rural broadband campaign
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is supporting Can’t Get Online Week from 30 October to 6 November.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [26 October 2011]
‘Final third’ may still miss out on BT broadband investment, says CLA
The CLA today (14 September) welcomed the latest phase of BT’s super-fast fibre optic broadband programme but said it could still leave the “final third” of the UK without a decent infrastructure.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [14 September 2011]
Get involved with CLA rural internet tour
The CLA is asking rural residents and businesses who are struggling to get online due to a poor internet connection to get in touch to reveal their web tales of woe.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [13 September 2011]
CLA lobbying sees funding for superfast broadband come to fruition
The CLA is celebrating a major victory for its long-running campaign to get broadband access to rural areas as the Government today (16 August) announced funding of £363million to roll-out a superfast broadband network to rural homes and businesses.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [16 August 2011]
Broadband upgrade and better mobile coverage will give economic power to rural areas, says CLA
The CLA today (27 July) said rural businesses and communities will at last start to benefit from effective broadband services following BT’s announcement to upgrade copper networks and a proposed increase in mobile phone coverage for rural areas.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [27 July 2011]
Lack of broadband limits use of social media in rural areas
The CLA today (12 July) said the lack of a suitable broadband connection makes it nearly impossible for rural businesses and communities to communicate.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [12 July 2011]
CLA calls for empty property relief extension to broadband ‘not-spots’
The CLA today (6 December) welcomed a Government announcement on the roll-out of community broadband but called for empty property relief from business rates to be extended indefinitely to premises where broadband is not available.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [6 December 2010]
Don’t forget rural-urban digital divide, says CLA
The CLA today (18 October) issued a reminder not to forget the rural-urban digital divide during Get Online Week.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [18 October 2010]
CLA launches Internet Charter to fight ‘cyber congestion’
The CLA will today (Saturday, 18 September) launch its “Internet Charter” which aims to tackle problems caused by lack of access to broadband in rural areas.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [18 September 2010]
Internet Service Providers let down rural communities, says CLA
The CLA said today (Wednesday, 28 July 2010) that Ofcom’s report on broadband speeds backed the Association’s view that consumers are being short-changed.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [29 July 2010]
CLA President presents member with satellite broadband prize
CLA President William Worsley today (Sunday, 25 July) presented CLA member John Browning with the £750 satellite broadband kit that he won in a contest in the Association’s national magazine.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [25 July 2010]
CLA ‘shocked’ by broadband delay
The The CLA said today (Thursday, 15 July) it was “disappointed and shocked” by the Government’s decision to extend the target for providing universal UK broadband coverage by three years.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [15 July 2010]
CLA supports new rural broadband deployment tool
The CLA today (24 June) pledged its full support to the Rural Broadband Partnership (RBP), a national mechanism set up to identify and address the real broadband needs of rural areas.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [24 June 2010]
CLA calls for more details of Ministers’ ‘encouraging’ broadband pledge
The CLA welcomed a commitment by the Environment and Culture Secretaries of State to provide broadband in the countryside but called for details of exactly how they plan to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [9 June 2010]
PM’s broadband speech raises more questions than answers, says CLA
The CLA said today (Monday, 22 March 2010) that the Prime Minister’s announcement on superfast broadband raises more questions than it provides answers.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [22 March 2010]
Final Third First calls for meeting with Broadband Delivery UK
The Final Third First broadband campaign today (17 March) called for an exploratory meeting with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) - the body responsible for deploying the Government’s Universal Service Commitment.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [17 March 2010]
New broadband campaign calls for access for all
New national broadband campaign Final Third First was launched on Thursday 4 March.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [8 March 2010]
CLA ‘dismayed’ at Parliament BIS Committee report
The CLA today (23 February 2010) expressed dismay at the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee report that called the Government’s proposed broadband levy “unfair”.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [23 February 2010]
The CLA says mandatory online tax returns will prove impossible in broadband ‘not-spots’
The CLA today (Monday, 30 November) said that HMRC’s decision to tell businesses with a turnover of more than £100,000 a year that they can only fill out their tax returns online is “absurd”.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [30 November 2009]
Broadband levy proposals need clarification, says the CLA
The CLA today (Thursday, 26 November) called for clarification on reports that VAT could be included on the proposed broadband levy.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [26 November 2009]
BT backs up the CLA’s broadband calls
British Telecom (BT) has supported the CLA’s call for the Government to step in and help internet providers in building a broadband network for the UK’s increasing demands.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [16 October 2009]
The CLA attacks Cisco survey’s claim that UK broadband meets today’s needs
The CLA today (Thursday, 1 October) said it disagreed with Cisco’s broadband survey that states the UK’s broadband is meeting today’s needs.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [1 October 2009]
Broadband levy is necessary but not enough, says the CLA
The CLA said today (Thursday, 24 September) that the Government’s aim to initiate a broadband internet levy would not be enough to secure superfast rural broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [24 September 2009]
The CLA supports European call for state investment in rural broadband
The CLA says that any new funding to help roll out broadband to rural areas should not be spent on further reports but on action - after a boost from the European Commission.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [18 September 2009]
Apprentice star joins CLA rural broadband campaign
Claire Young - runner-up of the 2008 series of BBC 1's The Apprentice - has teamed up with the CLA in its campaign for effective rural internet broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [3 August 2009]
BBC broadband survey backs up CLA’s call
Rural economy expert the CLA has been backed up by a BBC-commissioned survey into rural broadband ‘notspots’.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [8 June 2009]
The CLA offers members Eurosat broadband solution – highlighting Government’s failure to deliver fast connections
The CLA today (Thursday, 7 May) launched a new member service to help those in rural areas with poor or no broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [7 May 2009]
Virgin and BT urban speed broadband battle is hurting the countryside, says CLA
The CLA said today that ‘Speed Greed’ - with Virgin and BT vying to sell super-fast broadband in the cities while virtually ignoring countryside coverage - is failing rural businesses and communities.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [23 April 2009]
Minister confirms rural broadband fears, says CLA
The CLA says remarks made by Communications Minister Lord Carter confirm fears rural Britain is being left behind in the race for super-fast broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [21 April 2009]
Ofcom’s Chief Executive backs the CLA’s findings on rural/urban broadband divide
Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards’ statement that an estimated 15 percent of British households cannot access a broadband speed of two megabytes per second supports the CLA’s belief that the rural/urban divide is still a major problem.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [17 March 2009]
Countryside will not benefit from Ofcom’s super-fast broadband plan, says CLA
The CLA today said Ofcom’s statement that it will deregulate to encourage super-fast broadband fails in every respect to recognise the current plight of those in rural areas who cannot receive broadband and have to rely on dial-up connections.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [17 March 2009]
Rural broadband is a step closer, says the CLA
In response to Government Minister Lord Carter’s comments that the BBC could have a role in funding broadband for all, the CLA urges the Government to take concrete steps to make this a reality.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [17 March 2009]
2012 broadband report fails to bridge digital divide, says CLA
The publication of the interim report on “Digital Britain” yesterday (Thursday, 29 January) shows graphically that the Government has failed to recognise the damage caused by the urban-rural digital divide, the CLA says.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [30 January 2009]
CLA demands broadband answers from Government
Although the CLA welcomes the Government’s change of heart in finally acknowledging the need for a universal service obligation for broadband, today’s Digital Britain Report fails to say how rural areas are going to get connected.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [29 January 2009]
CLA broadband campaign produces fastest ever result
The CLA is delighted by media reports today (15 January) that the Government is planning a universal service obligation for broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [15 January 2009]
The CLA seeks help in pinpointing remaining broadband blackspots
The CLA is currently talking with BT to identify the last remaining pockets of broadband unavailability in the country. . . to gauge demand and try to find short-term solutions.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [13 January 2009]
Public sector investment crucial for fibre optic roll out, says CLA
The CLA welcomes the statement by Leader of the Opposition David Cameron that if elected the Conservatives would facilitate a fibre optic broadband network. But the CLA will push for further action on strong investment in this network.
[In_Your_Area//News Archive] - [7 January 2009]
Public sector investment crucial for fibre optic roll out, says CLA
The CLA welcomes Leader of the Opposition David Cameron on his statement that if elected the Conservatives would facilitate a fibre optic broadband network. But the CLA will push for further action on strong investment in this network.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [6 January 2009]
Broadband – CLA proved right yet again
BT’s announcement that they are to invest £1.5 billion into the broadband infrastructure through the greater use of fibre optic, once more proves that the CLA has been vindicated in calling for fibre optic to be available to all.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [15 July 2008]
The CLA vindicated by BBC News broadband survey
A BBC News survey that analysed broadband speeds across the UK vindicated the CLA’s argument that the rural-urban digital divide is as big as ever.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [3 June 2008]
Rural businesses still suffering despite ‘unrealistic’ OFCOM broadband report, says CLA
An OFCOM report’s claim that the broadband divide between rural and urban areas has disappeared beggars belief, says the CLA.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [22 May 2008]
CLA in the news: rural broadband
An article in The Sunday Times (13 February) investigating the still imperfect rural broadband connectivity for rural businesses and homes outlines the problems being experienced by some CLA members.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [14 February 2005]
Rural Broadband conference sees CLA and BT practise what they preach
Representatives of BT and the CLA met on Thursday (20 May) to discuss how both organisations could continue their work together to bring the benefits of broadband to the rural north west.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [25 May 2004]
CLA pledges to rollout the last mile of Broadband
"The announcement we have been waiting for" is how CLA's Rural Economy Adviser, Dr Charles Trotman, described the decision by BT to systematically rollout ADSL broadband to a further 1,128 exchanges by no later than summer 2005. This will help bring...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [27 April 2004]
Countryside closer to broadband connection
After months of lobbying, BT has finally accepted the Country Land and Business Association's argument that the countryside should have access to affordable broadband. BT today announced that 2,300 telephone exchanges will be set trigger levels, which...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [18 November 2003]
Satellite trial success - but broadband plan remains a mystery
Why isn't the Government coming clean about its plans to deliver broadband to schools and hospitals across the UK? At the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth on Tuesday 30th September, the Country Land and Business Association will be dissecting the...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [29 September 2003]
Government must clarify broadband state aid position
With the £1bn public broadband scheme ready to roll into schools and hospitals, the government urgently needs to clarify whether the programme falls under state aid, to ensure the EU doesn't put a stop to the scheme as a contravention of competition...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [7 August 2003]
Broadband gets trigger happy - so what?
Rural businesses will only have access to affordable broadband if the government's public broadband scheme goes through local telephone exchanges. The alternative approach, setting up lines directly to rural schools and hospitals and bypassing exchanges,...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [16 July 2003]
Broadband stalemate solved?
CLA tells EFRA Select Committee: solutions are now vital
[News and Press/News Archive] - [7 April 2003]
CLA welcomes action by BT, to speed rural broadband
As Commons Motion for MPs to support the campaign, today hits the 100th signature
[News and Press/News Archive] - [29 January 2003]
CLA to test BT Broadband Satellite
The Country Land and Business Association's 'Rural ICT Watchdog' has today reached agreement with BT to test the BT two way broadband Satellite System. This news will benefit the thousands of CLA rural business members and many other supporters of the...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [20 January 2003]
CLA forms new rural ICT watchdog
"CLAs Broadband Rural Britain Campaign forms Rural ICT Watchdog"
[News and Press/News Archive] - [2 December 2002]
Rural areas offered hope as CLA broadband campaign hits home
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) says that its 'Broadband Rural Britain' Campaign is paying off as a number of developments in the past few days show that Government and infrastructure providers are taking rural needs seriously.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [22 November 2002]
CLA exposes BT in shocking news
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has revealed that, despite BT's multi-million pound advertising campaign, most exchanges will never be enabled to provide users with ADSL broadband.
[News and Press/News Archive] - [29 October 2002]
Is NTL rubbing salt into rural wounds?
The CLAs "Broadband Rural Britain" campaign team has now discovered, that cable company NTL is offering Broadband, in areas where rural businesses are unable to access cable. It appears that the implication is that NTL is laying fibre, when clearly this...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [24 October 2002]
Farmers Weekly Backs CLA's "Broadband Rural Britain" campaign
FARMERS WEEKLY and its internet service FARMERS WEEKLY Interactive, dedicated to providing online agricultural information, have joined forces with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) this week to promote the petition for the CLA's campaign...
[News and Press/News Archive] - [24 July 2002]
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