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Thank you for responding to the NFU broadband and mobile survey

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Many thanks for taking part in the NFU Broadband and Mobile Survey - over 800 members responded! More information to follow soon.

For the last three years NFU Business Services have  contacted  over members by telephone in addition to the online survey.

Over 800 members took part in the 2017 NFU Broadband and Mobile survey - providing evidence of what is actually happening on farm in 2017.

NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “The NFU is calling on the government to make the digital economy universal, so that every farming business can access superfast broadband, at speeds they can afford, with coverage across all of their farms.

"We do not believe that the government is doing enough for farmers and rural communities to get connected. The proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps, and BT’s equivalent offer for 1.4 million rural premises, is far lower in speed than urban broadband users receive now.

"It is also troubling to us that 4G coverage is being rolled out at a slower rate to rural areas and voice coverage is falling out. Previously, our surveys have shown that only 15% of farmers have mobile coverage across the farm. Our members need a plan in place to accelerate the delivery of rural services and lay the foundations for 5G services.

“With its 47,000 members and in-house survey team, the NFU is well placed to present credible evidence about everyday issues facing farmers directly to government and the digital industry. I would encourage as many members as possible to complete this broadband and mobile survey and get their voices heard."


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  • Posted by: Anthony ThomasPosted on: 23/08/2017 16:50:38

    Comment: Broadband in NR9 5LG area it total rubbish
    I am connected to the Honninghan exchange & on a good day I get .9 mgb. !!! on a moderate opr poor day , nothing !!!!
  • Posted by: Edward BurtPosted on: 24/08/2017 09:17:52

    Comment: Most of our land is in a mobile free zone. While the 'Superfast Dorset' publicity suggests that our postcode has fibre broadband available this turns out not to be the case and we are told there is no realistic prospect of an acceptable telephone line speed in the foreseeable future. Consequently we took the hardware subsidy to instal a satelite dish. The running cost estimate was about 10% higher than a high speed connection in our local town; in the event we have been forced to pay for more capacity and it is now more than double for about a quarter of the speed.
  • Posted by: Rosalind PughPosted on: 26/08/2017 12:50:29

    Comment: Living and working in East Cornwall much aggravation is caused by extremely slow internet and no mobile connection at all, also added difficulty selling property.
  • Posted by: Charles Goldingham Posted on: 30/08/2017 22:45:30

    Comment: Broad band becoming quicker + more reliable
    Mobiles improving in many areas.
  • Posted by: Alison GibbyPosted on: 31/08/2017 09:32:15

    Comment: We only get 0.5 Mbs
  • Posted by: Liz CravenPosted on: 31/08/2017 15:22:03

    Comment: I tried to do survey internet dropped out and was very slow. Could complete other office tasks while waiting. It is terrible, I have to reboot router about 2 or 3 times a day. I have even had to pay employees day late because of it.
  • Posted by: m h a tuttePosted on: 19/09/2017 13:16:20

    Comment: We are a small community of 9 houses including 1 farm. and our broadband is pathetic, at certain times you struggle to get 2mb. although we are only about 3 miles from Dorchester as the crow flies. Our exchange is Martinstown which is further away than Dorchester and broadband comes down the phone line from Martinstown. There doesn't seem much hope of a better service unless we are prepared to pay for a mast, which we are not. A lot of farmings response has to be done on line and the service is pathetic.

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