The Association was the first rural organisation to campaign for better broadband and mobile phone coverage where networks are poor, and traditionally seen as commercially uneconomical to improve, to the disadvantage of rural businesses.
CLA President William Worsley said: "By addressing the rural broadband infrastructure with extra funding and tackling the problems rural areas have in receiving a decent mobile phone signal, the Government is taking the countryside seriously and recognising that the rural economy has a lot to offer.
"The 4G trials currently taking place in Cornwall are just as important as the spectrum auction by Ofcom. The results of the trials hold the key to determining how effectively the service can be rolled out across the UK. Only then will we know the percentage of the country that can be connected."