Farmers urged to complete rural broadband survey
Farmers are being urged to take part in a new survey, which has been launched to help lobby changes for those struggling to get decent access to internet and mobile signals. The call comes from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who are lobbying for fast, affordable and reliable broadband and mobile phone coverage for farmers, growers and their rural communities. The farming organisation is hoping that the survey will help to build a “true picture of provision in the countryside” and in turn inform future lobbying work.
Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, said it was “essential” that the business needs and opportunities of the farming sector are understood, especially at a time when farm businesses rely more and more on broadband and mobile phone signals.
“This is only the second time we have run this survey and the first was massively important in informing our ongoing talks with industry and government on our members’ needs when it comes to broadband and mobile coverage,” he explained.
“The point of doing it again is to give us some benchmarking data, and establish how – or if – the problems have been resolved in the past year.”
He continued: “Farmers and growers more than ever need access to reliable broadband and mobile services, to ensure they can remain competitive in a digital age, even to complete essential government digital services, and not mention the implications on health and safety.
“I would urge as many people as possible to fill in this survey in the coming month.”
Evidence will be collected both online and through a telephone consultation of NFU members during the next three weeks.