Folk living in rural areas might finally have some good news on the horizon for better broadband speeds. Two developments announced recently suggest that significant improvements will be seen relatively soon.
Church buildings might help WiFi and 4G signals
Firstly, the Church of England and various Government Departments have announced that the Church’s buildings could be used to enhance both WiFi and 4G signals.
Many church buildings are in rural communities and they are often situated centrally within these communities, combining this with the fact that they have towers or spires they make perfect locations to send out a signal. The other factor that helps is that they are in place, so there are no big costs associated with building towers or local planning hurdles to jump through.
4G services for rural users
The second exciting development for rural broadband is that EE, the mobile phone arm of BT, has announced a scheme to bring high speed 4G services to nearly 600,000 rural properties.
EE will attach a special box to a subscriber’s home and this ensures a strong, reliable connection to the network’s 4G services. This service is about double the price of a normal broadband connection but it could be a lifeline to farmers, children studying and small business owners.
It makes perfect sense for EE to offer this service to make extra revenue from the infrastructure it is building associated with rolling out the new Emergency Services Network, the service taking over from the old radio communications network for the police, fire and ambulance services. Currently the network covers 90% of the country and this will increase to 95% over the next couple of years.
So rural users should be better connected by one of the two schemes very soon. This is good news for those living out in the country and for the conservative party who have been under considerable pressure to roll out super fast broadband to everyone in the UK, not just those living in towns and cities.