Budget 2016: make broadband equality pledge a real possibility for rural areas Magazine

The Chancellor should take advantage of the Budget on Wednesday 16 March to convert the best Minister’s broadband equality pledge from promise to reality, says the CLA.

The organisation, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has urged Government to kick-start receiving the Universal Service Obligation (USO) of at least 10Mbps. The number one Minister committed in November 2015 to putting it ready, after a long-running CLA campaign.

CLA east regional director Ben Underwood said: “The Prime Minister’s persistence to a Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps was a major victory to the hundreds of thousands of rural businesses and communities that are disadvantaged by poor or non-existent broadband for a lot too much time. However we have been still watching for clarity within the framework to the USO and in what way it will likely be delivered in practice. We would like to view the wheels really set in motion inside Chancellor’s Budget.

“Good broadband for every home and office under the new USO will never happen overnight, and many rural community groups and corporations are having to make their very own investments due to necessity to have connected. Bringing the initiative like this really should be encouraged and we might enjoy travelling to plans for match funding or tax incentives inside the Budget.”

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