MP Nick Herbert has backed a campaign for faster broadband links for rural areas.
Mr Herbert, Tory MP for Arundel and South Downs, gave his support to the CLA’s #4GforAll campaign at its celebration of rural businesses held at Westminster.
He attended a reception at the House of Commons, organised by the CLA, where he spoke to members who included Sir Sebastian Anstruther, of the Barlavington Estate near Midhurst.
The CLA and MPs have pressed the government’s digital secretary, Matthew Hancock, for action to speed up and improve the rollout of 4G coverage in the countryside.
Mr Herbert, pictured above right with Sir Sebastian, said: “Today’s rural businesses need fast mobile broadband.
“We need to speed up the rollout and deliver the widest possible coverage.”
The CLA represented 30,000 landowners, farmers and businesses and is supporting them in securing a better digital service which is vital for their daily operations.
Mr Herbert has long been a champion of rural digital connectivity and has hosted a ‘digital access summit’ to improve the spread of superfast broadband and close the digital divide with urban areas.
Sir Sebastian, chairman of the CLA’s Sussex branch committee, said: “I am delighted to support the CLA’s #4GforAll campaign, as it’s a vitally important message.
“Having fast, reliable 4G isn’t a luxury. It’s an essential daily tool for rural businesses and landowners.
“There is still a long way to go before rural areas enjoy the same coverage as some urban areas, which is why the CLA’s campaign is so important.
“It’s encouraging to receive the enthusiastic support of Nick Herbert.”