An Update on Rural Connectivity Contents



1 Introduction

2 Rural coverage and the urban rural digital divide

Broadband coverage

Mobile coverage

The continuing urban rural digital divide

The increasing need for better connectivity

The impact on rural businesses

3 Digital public services in rural areas

4 Broadband

The Universal Service Obligation (USO)

Take up of superfast broadband

Full-fibre roll out

Barriers to full-fibre roll out

Government targets for full-fibre

5 Mobile data services

Accuracy of mobile coverage statistics

Improving mobile coverage

Ofcom’s 700 MHz Spectrum Auction

The “Shared Rural Network”(SRN) proposal

Rural roaming

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Coverage data

Broadband coverage data

Mobile coverage data

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 18 September 2019