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5G - much of Shropshire cant even get 3G!

March 14, 2017 6:15 PM
Originally published by Shropshire Liberal Democrats

Commenting the recent announcement in the budget over broadband and 5G investment, Cllr Heather Kidd, LGA Lib Dem Spokesperson on rural issues, said:

"Many people, especially in more rural areas, still struggle to access fast enough broadband. And getting 4G or even 3G technology can be a challenge. Councils must work with mobile operators to improve the coverage they provide to local businesses and residents. The LGA has also called on Ofcom to provide more accurate local coverage reports that reflect people's experiences on the ground and provide a better picture of the coverage they will receive.

"Access to fast and reliable digital connectivity is increasingly a necessity for households and businesses right across the UK. While the announcement of new investment in local broadband projects is good news, government must also commit to strengthening its Universal Service Obligation with a minimum download speed which rises in tandem with national averages, and places obligations on suppliers to provide a minimum level of upload speed.