Do you have snail's pace broadband?

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If you suffer from a low broadband speed on your farm then there’s some good news. The Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been extended until December 2018. The NFU has lobbied on this issue so this could help some farmers and rural dwellers get faster broadband connections.

Faster broadband speed means less time waiting to upload and download information, easier access to online services and farm data, and more time to farm and enjoy life.

Households and businesses, including farmers, with less than 2Mbps broadband connections are the target audience. The scheme applies to those farmers outside the current superfast rollout and where there are no other proposals to help them get connected to better speeds.

NFU Members can read more here about how it works (login to view).

What else is on offer to get a farm connected to super and ultrafast speeds?

The Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, released this week, has highlighted how important it is to increase UK productivity and how farming and food can play an important part of in this. Yet most farms do not have the broadband connections they need to future proof their businesses.

The Government’s superfast broadband programme will theoretically cover 95% of all premises by the end of 2017, although some commentators believe less than half of those eligible are in reality taking up connections.

The NFU’s own member survey makes clear that many farms still cannot be connected as they are too far from superfast enabled cabinets or outside the superfast programme altogether. More needs to be done to get the latest technologies to rural areas.

The good news is that in some locations there is still some local and national government funding to extend superfast provision and in some cases provide fibre connections to enable ultrafast speeds, (this means download speeds of 24mps or up to 100mbps so genuinely fast).

The advice is please if you need a better connection make sure your local authority knows this (and continues to know this!) and ask them to show how they are ensuring the farms in their locality are getting the broadband connections they need.

:: See all the NFU's work on broadband and mobile here.


Last edited on: 29:11:2017

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  • Posted by: j ElliottPosted on: 06/12/2017 17:06:29

    Comment: we have to pay as though our speed was fast, but it is only 1.4 at best. The charge should be related to the speed and things would soon happen. We can't use our mobiles in the house so need a booster which relies on upload speed. We need to move to Vietnam or Sri Lanka. - pathetic.

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