Responding to the news that BT is to hold back on switching off the analogue landlines, the CLA has the following comment.
Mark Tufnell, President of the Country Land and Business Association, said:
“We are pleased that BT has listened to our calls to scrap plans to remove traditional landlines from homes and businesses. Many areas – notably in Wales - still struggle to receive basic mobile and internet connectivity. Landlines continue to be a lifeline for many people in rural communities.”
“The answer to this is simple. If BT wants to scrap landlines in the long term, it needs to ensure every single part of England and Wales is fully connected Sadly, this aspiration still feels a long way away for many rural communities We call on BT to redouble their efforts to ensure full coverage for the nation, so that the social and economic benefits of modern technology can be felt in every village and every household.”