Broadband and mobile

Struggling to get a digital connection?

Our campaign Broadband Rural Britain started in 2002 and has been instrumental in placing rural broadband firmly on the political agenda of successive governments.

In November 2015, the Government made two important announcements that vindicated the campaign: firstly, the implementation of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10Mbps by 2020; and secondly, the introduction of a rural broadband satellite voucher scheme in order to meet the objective of the Universal Service Commitment of at least 2Mbps at the beginning of 2016. 

The planned introduction of a USO will seek to ensure that all rural areas in the UK will have access to a broadband connection with a speed of at least 10Mbps (download). There will be legal guarantees to ensure that where this speed is not met, compensation will be made available. 

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4G Broadband: EE announcement 

EE has improved its mobile broadband offer in terms of coverage and product offering. If youi are struggling to connect via ADSL but have outdoor 4G coverage you should read this. 



Check to see if you’re in a BDUK/BT/Local authority superfast initiative area, and find out when your exchange might be upgraded. The links below are for the local authority broadband websites, and the relevant basic broadband voucher scheme where available.  

CLA ADVICE: A CLA advisory handbook, briefing notes and poicy documents for members are available here 
If you would like further advice on any aspect of broadband or mobile connectivity, please contact the regional office on 01785 337010 or email