Broadband and Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

(asked on 16th January 2020) - View Source

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

What steps her Department is taking to improve (a) broadband and (b) mobile phone coverage in rural areas.

Answered by
Matt Warman Portrait
Matt Warman
This question was answered on 16th January 2020

The government’s £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme is already supporting rollout of gigabit broadband in rural areas.

The government has also pledged £5bn of funding for Gigabit broadband in the ‘hardest to reach’, predominantly rural, areas of the UK.

The government announced in-principle support in October 2019 for the Mobile Network Operators’ Shared Rural Network proposal. It aims to collectively increase 4G mobile coverage throughout the United Kingdom to 95% by 2025.

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