NFU take lead in Broadband debate

The NFU will represent rural communities at a seminar focusing on the future of broadband connections in the UK.

On the agenda at the Westminster Forum today (Tuesday) will be the future of investment in digital infrastructure, access to it and associated regulation.

Delegates will discuss the latest developments in 5G and ultra-fast including areas of focus for R&D and remaining practical issues for implementation following firm commitment and funding from government.

NFU senior planning and rural affairs adviser Suzanne Clear will be among the speakers during the session on Connectivity for consumers and businesses which will discuss the role and future of the proposed Productivity Council and the Business Connectivity Forum.

She said: “This is an important debate to be involved in as we know from our recent NFU surveys that farmers in all parts of the country are still struggling with access to a reliable internet connection.

“More than ever farmers need to use digital technologies to help farm more efficiently and fully utilise emerging digital technology such as robotics and GPS. But a severe lack of broadband coverage is creating a huge barrier for those farm businesses and is putting them at a disadvantage.”

 

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