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Superfast broadband to connect rural areas

The National Farmers' Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the CLA, a membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales are working with Openreach to start speeding up the rollout of superfast broadband to rural areas.

Thanks to a new fixed-line broadband wayleave agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties, it’s becoming much easier for Openreach to reach an agreement with landowners over locations and rates for cables and other essential apparatus. This makes it much easier for the faster roll-out of fixed-line broadband to rural and remotes, which started from 1st October 2018.
As it stands, a significant portion of farmers don’t have access to superfast broadband that is becoming more and more essential. This expedient rollout is designed in part to help farmers maintain more efficient and profitable businesses, with landowners committing to erasing the rural-urban digital divide. Through negotiation and dialogue, an increase in annual wayleave payment with clear documentation and the newly formed Memorandum of Understand can speed the rollout of superfast broadband beyond what was thought achievable. This offers new clarity and stability to the market while helping the rural economy thanks to accelerated deployment, answering the need for fast, reliable broadband and fair deals for equipment installation and land access. Openreach has invested more than £11 billion over the past decade to help create a faster and more accessible network, with few countries having as widespread a superfast broadband network coverage as the UK. The NFU are currently running a Broadband and Mobile survey, designed to help them better understand the needs of people in rural areas for effective net access. If you haven't filled in the survey you can do here