A consortium of some of the major countryside groups has expressed the need for enhanced broadband access in remote areas after the Prince of Wales showed concerns over what has been referred to as “broadband deserts”.
The group brings together six national organisations of the UK, including the Country Land and Business Association, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Local Government Association.
The newly-formed entity will be pressurising the government to make countryside as its priority when it comes to rolling out broadband across the UK.
They have called for a better maintenance of post offices, bringing reforms to planning laws to better safeguard the rural areas and help countryside residents to lead better lives by providing them with jobs as well as enhanced internet services.
The Prince of Wales, last week, has warned failing to fund the rural regions would be “vandalism on a grand scale”, and would eventually result in the formation of “ghost communities”.
He further asserted that a large number of rural households are as of now unable to access the web at satisfactory speeds.
Citing the same, he said in a statement: “The handicap this places on those rural businesses, schools, doctors' surgeries and local authorities, which inhabit these so-called 'broadband deserts', is immense.”
Rural Britain needs broadband but what they will end up with is some sort of inbetween that will enrage those looking for faster speeds. It is simply not economical to dig thousands of miles of roads to throw in a few wires and at this stage, wireless technology like WIMAX makes much more sense.