Rural internet access

Lack of good quality internet access is increasingly becoming an issue, affecting investment and innovation both from outside the industry and within.  

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If farmers are unable to keep up to date with technology and access to information, there will be negative impacts on both R&D (utilisation of results) and growth.

by GCrayford on January 05, 2016 at 11:45AM

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  • Posted by TimJust January 08, 2016 at 10:53

    This is very true to all part of the rural community. Awareness of the capability and affordability of modern satellite services is more of a barrier than the technology itself.
    Many areas will unlikely to be reached by fibre.
    Demand for satellite based services in the US is now focussing in suburban areas as greater bandwidth is available at affordable domestic rates that fibre to the cabinet solutions, only fibre to the building is able to compete with satellite on bandwidth.
    Satellite based services are often misunderstood and as demand increases costs are likely fall.
    This does not necessarily need a large financial intervention by DEFRA but awareness raising and some myth busting would help.
  • Posted by ASAO February 10, 2016 at 06:38

    We would agree with this. Especially as the increase in electronic movement and other requirements for business the access for the rural business is more and more required and yet the infrastructure is not there and also the training that is being offered for users can not be taken up as the facilities are not available to do it
  • Posted by Singingstar1 February 15, 2016 at 11:58

    I sat on the Suffolk Innovation and Economy Board. Rural internet access is a real issue as is mobile coverage. We are seeing house prices affected by internet access and rural sustainable businesses depend on it and without high speed access it cannot compete effectively. I had better internet coverage in Feuturventura and the Scottish Highlands than parts of Suffolk and Norfolk.

    In addition it stifles working from home which is very sustainable. Areas with poor access are increasingly lagging behind. Masts on churches (which are often the highest point in villages) and other such measures should receive Government financial support. These options are also cheaper. With the increasing monopolisation of BT the speed of change is not able to be controlled efficiently.
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