New Culture Secretary must keep pushing for a connected countryside, says CLA

10 July 2018

The CLA which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses across England and Wales has welcomed Jeremy Wright as new Culture Secretary.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:

“Rural businesses and communities deserve a better connected countryside. More and more services are coming online but rural areas are still digitally disadvantaged by poor broadband and mobile coverage.

“We welcome the appointment of Jeremy Wright as the new Culture Secretary. With his digital team, he must continue pushing for a fully connected countryside so that people who live, work and visit there can enjoy the same advantages as in towns and cities, with the operators providing genuine national coverage.

“The future of the rural economy depends on fast, affordable and reliable connections. The CLA will keep up the pressure on Government, holding to account the promise of a Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps by 2020 and forcing mobile network operators to resolve poor signal and mobile ‘not-spots’ to deliver 4G for all.”