Rural communities suffering because of poor mobile coverage, says MP

Rural communities could "die out" unless they get better access to mobile services, according to MP for Penrith and the Borders Rory Stewart.

The MP is concerned that remote areas could miss out in the forthcoming 4G auction, which will determine who gets to offer the service in the UK and to whom, and that the gap between rural and urban communities will widen.

"This auction… must be about Ofcom securing the future of rural communities… and ensuring that the people living, working and learning in these areas can access all the benefits of broadband," he said. 

4G is the next generation of mobile internet technology that will boost current connection speeds of 3.6Mbs up to a potential 100Mbps on the move and 1Gbps when stationary, according to tech news site Wired.co.uk – a real boost to business mobile solutions.

The government recently announced it has set councils a deadline to roll out superfast broadband in the UK, as it pushes for 90 per cent coverage by 2015. ADNFCR-2811-ID-801244362-ADNFCR

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