CLA tackles broadband blackspots

Farmers without high-speed internet access are being asked to help compile a list of broadband blackspots.

The Country Land and Business Association is compiling a list of rural areas which do not have access to broadband internet.

It hopes to gauge demand for the service and work with BT to find short-term solutions for those left struggling with slow, dial-up internet connections.

Charles Trotman, CLA head of rural business management, said broadband services are claimed to reach 99% of all homes and businesses in the UK.

“However, the CLA still receives inquiries from members frustrated they cannot take advantage of these services because they live in remote rural areas,” he said.

“We are, therefore, asking anyone who would like broadband and believes they cannot obtain the standard ADSL service to contact us.”

Dr Trotman said the CLA could only tackle problems with affordable broadband availability in rural areas with BT if it knew the extent of the problem.

“If you would like access to affordable broadband but understand that it is not available in your area, please contact your CLA regional office with details,” he said.

“We will need to know your address, the phone number on which you wish to connect and, if possible, the main reason you want broadband.

“Once armed with this information, the CLA will do everything in its power to find a solution with BT.”


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