The seminar forms part of the RSN Seminar programme where 9 seminars will take place throughout the year all focused on different elements of the Revitalising Rural Campaign. www.rsnonline.org.uk/revitalising-rural. These seminars are part of the service delivered solely to the membership of the RSN.
The RSN recognises that digital connectivity is a key enabler of business innovation and an important part of the economic recovery in rural areas, along with providing access for rural residents to key services such as healthcare, education, banking and can also address issues of rural loneliness and isolation. To find out more about the RSN’s asks of Government for Rural Digital Connectivity, view our asks at this link.
Three different presentations were made at the seminar including:
Key points noted were as follows:
Kerry Booth, Assistant Chief Executive of Rural Services Network said:
"Ensuring that rural areas are not left behind in the race forward with digital connectivity is one of the key issues that we campaign for. We are disappointed that the Government has reduced funding from £5bn to £1.2bn and that targets for 2025 are now to reach 85% of premises, leaving poorly serviced rural areas behind yet again. We welcome projects which aim to support rural communities and enable connectivity in hard to reach areas".
The Government has issued a Call for Evidence which closes on 11 June 2021 on Improving Broadband for Very Hard to Reach premises. Improving broadband for Very Hard to Reach premises - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
A representative of DCMS has agreed to attend a Meeting with RSN members to discuss the call for evidence. Further details will be sent shortly to those invited to attend the meeting.
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