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Connected communities: how to unleash the rural economy through better connectivity


Strong digital connectivity is essential for fully participating in today’s economy. Significant progress has been made on broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas over the last decade. But for too many, the lack of quality digital infrastructure is weakening their links with society.  Poor internet provision is also a hindrance to business productivity.

The Government aims to provide 1.5 million more rural premises with gigabit broadband by the end of next year and has consulted on improving broadband for very hard to reach locations. But what more needs to be done?

This event, led by the environment secretary Steve Barclay, will bring together a panel of experts to debate how the private and public sector can work together to enhance digital connectivity for rural communities and help boost their economies.



May 22, 2024


Central Westminster