Rural connectivity struggling to keep up with demand

The last five years have seen significant improvements in access to fit-for-purpose broadband & 4G Mobile services in rural areas of the UK, but increasing demand for digital services means rural networks are struggling to keep up, meaning the digital divide between urban and rural areas remains as wide as ever.

The extent of the challenge was highlighted in a new report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which said the divide was marginalising communities, causing frustration, hindering rural businesses and preventing people from engaging with online public services.

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