Rural victory on broadband

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CLA East Midlands is celebrating a major victory for its long-running campaign to get broadband access to rural areas as the Government announced funding of £363 million to roll-out a superfast broadband network to homes and businesses in the countryside.

The rural affairs watchdog has been calling for public sector money to provide superfast broadband in the countryside since 2003.

CLA regional director Andrew Shirley said: “I am delighted the Government recognises that rural areas are missing out on all the benefits broadband brings and that the countryside should not be overlooked. Rural areas are woefully under-served by even an adequate broadband service, let alone superfast.

Mr Shirley said it was now vital that rural communities make their case for better broadband to their local authorities: “Broadband is the key to unlocking the potential of the rural economy.”