CLA seeks help to identify broadband blackspots

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is seeking help to identify the last remaining broadband blackspots.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is seeking help to identify the last remaining broadband blackspots.

The CLA is talking with BT to identify the last remaining pockets of broadband unavailability. It wants to gauge demand and try to find short-term solutions to the remaining blackspots.

Charles Trotman, CLA head of rural business development, said, "According to BT, ADSL broadband services now reach 99% of all homes and businesses in the UK, yet the CLA still receives inquiries from members frustrated they cannot take advantage of these services because they live in remote rural areas.

"We are, therefore, asking anyone who would like broadband and believes they cannot obtain the standard ADSL service to contact us."

Trotman said the CLA could only effectively tackle unavailability of affordable broadband in rural areas and find a way forward with BT if it knows the extent of the problem and where the issues lie.

He added, "If you would like access to affordable broadband but understand that it is not available in your area, please contact your CLA regional office with details.

"We will need to know your address, the telephone number on which you wish to connect and, if possible, the main reason you want broadband. Once armed with this information, the CLA will do everything in its power to find a solution with BT."

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