Help us build a true picture of rural broadband and mobile

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We’ve launched a new, farmer-focused broadband and mobile phone survey.

The NFU is lobbying for fast, affordable and reliable broadband and mobile phone coverage for farmers, growers and their rural communities.

Our survey helps build a true picture of provision in the countryside, which in turn informs our lobbying work. Evidence will be collected both online and through a telephone consultation of NFU members during the next three weeks. Please take part in the NFU Farm Broadband and Mobile Coverage Survey here.

How do I know what I'm getting?

One of the key aims of the survey is to find out exactly what broadband speeds farmers and growers currently have. This can be done through the the Which? website or by visiting Ofcom. You can check satellite services with Avonline.

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NFU Vice President Guy Smith said it was essential that the business needs and opportunities of the farming sector are understood, especially at a time when farm businesses rely more and more on broadband and mobile phone signals.

He added: “This is only the second time we have run this survey and the first was massively important in informing our ongoing talks with industry and government on our members’ needs when it comes to broadband and mobile coverage.

“The point of doing it again is to give us some benchmarking data, and establish how - or if - the problems have been resolved in the past year.

“Farmers and growers more than ever need access to reliable broadband and mobile services, to ensure they can remain competitive in a digital age, even to complete essential government digital services, and not mention the implications on health and safety.

“I would urge as many people as possible to fill in this survey in the coming month.”


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  • Posted by: Albert BullPosted on: 16/12/2017 20:05:40

    Comment: Just been connected to broad band at speed of 26, was less than 2 before.
    No basic phone signal at all. This means we keep basic unit in the car and pick up for use on the road.
    We are in area of outstanding natural beauty . Used by orienteers, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, walkers, Etc We run a Caravan Club site and people have their holiday spoilt by no signal some leave early or do not stay at all. This area needs urgent attention. They are all let down badly by the phone companies who sell the fancy phones that do not work.The whole area has a very poor phone signal. The phone companies tell my MP there is a good signal but they will not come and prove to themselves there is not.

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