Association demands faster broadband

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The Country Landowners Association has thrown its weight behind the campaign to improve broadband services in rural Lincolsnhire.

The Association (CLA), which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has urged the Government to put an end to broadband inequality after publication of figures relating to the roll-out of superfast broadband.

It follows claims by Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins that the area was missing out on faster broadband.

According to the Government figures, more than three million homes and businesses nationally have access to superfast broadband.

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said: “Government should not be congratulating itself until we have universal broadband provision, for all homes and for businesses everywhere.

“Rural firms and countryside communities have been strangled by poor or non-existant broadband for far too long.

“The roll-out programme highlighted is important and we acknowledge the success it has achieved, but for thousands of homes and businesses with no, or inadequate, broadband this announcement will not be a reassurance.

“Too many targets have been missed and promises not fulfilled .

“It is not acceptable that there is still no plan for reaching five per cent of the homes and businesses in the country, and minimum standards of securing broadband access at 2Mbps per second is simply inadequate.”

The County Council and BT have robustly defended their roll out programme in Louth and Horncastle, saying the figure for coverage is much higher than claimed.