Bury St Edmunds: MP calls for reception checks on rural phone signals and mobile internet speeds

David Ruffley, Bury St Edmunds MP

David Ruffley, Bury St Edmunds MP - Credit: Archant

A west Suffolk MP has backed a campaign to help map phone reception and mobile internet speeds in Suffolk.

The Countryside Alliance is asking people to download the free RootMetrics app on to their smartphones and use it while at home or on the move.

The app tests the strength of their signal and records the results. The information will be used to make a case for phone companies and the Government to improve reception, especially in rural and isolated areas.

David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, said: “Everybody pays the same rates for their phone packages, but they don’t all receive the same level of reception.

“That means some people in Suffolk aren’t getting a good deal.”

He added: “I want the Government and providers to realise this and make sure none of my constituents miss out from the mobile network.”

The charity, who launched the app this week, said it will present the finding of the results to the Government and phone companies to help them improve their service to rural customers.

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The app is available from the iPhone App store and through Google Play for Android.

For more information, visit www.rootmetrics.com/UK

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