CLA encourages BT to upgrade current broadband infrastructure
The CLA today (9 February 2010) welcomed BT's announcement to open up its underground duct routes for sharing with other infrastructure providers to extend high-speed broadband coverage.
The rural economy experts said that any opening of the market to encourage competition would be beneficial to all. However, the Association said BT should bring the rest of the infrastructure up to speed first before rolling out a shared underground duct network.
CLA president William Worsley said: "We are certainly pleased that the infrastructure providers have recognised the importance of superfast broadband to the economy. They must also accept that this fundamental service is needed equally in urban and rural areas."
He added: "With 20 percent of rural England and Wales still without access to effective and adequate broadband, infrastructure providers must take one step at a time to ensure the basics are in place. The vast majority of the current infrastructure must be brought up to scratch before superfast broadband can even be contemplated."
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Dr Charles Trotman
An economist, advises on rural economic issues, particularly food policy, rural tourism, equine issues and telecommunications policy.
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