Government "not doing enough" to connect farms to broadband, says NFU

The NFU is calling on the government to ensure ally farming businesses can access high-speed, affordable broadband with coverage across all areas.

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Vice president Guy Smith said: "We do not believe that the government is doing enough for farmers and rural communities to get connected. Our members need a plan in place to accelerate the delivery of rural services and lay the foundations for 5G services."

He added: "The UK is lagging behind other countries, reportedly being 31st in the world for average broadband speed and 54th for 4G coverage. Our surveys have shown that only 15% of farmers have mobile coverage across the farm in 2016, so it is well past time for the government to take action to bring rural areas up to scratch."

The NFU has launched a broadband and mobile phone coverage survey for members to complete from today (Wednesday 23 August), following similar surveys in the last two years.

"The NFU is uniquely placed, with its 46,000 members and in-house survey team, to present credible evidence about everyday issues facing farmers directly to Government and the digital industry," Smith said.

"I would encourage as many members as possible to complete this broadband and mobile survey and get their voices heard."

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