East Anglia: ‘Digital divide’ campaign stands united in broadband pilot bid

Richard Dix (Rural Broadband), Steve Temple (InTouch Systems), Iain Dunnett (New Anglia LEP), Lindse

Richard Dix (Rural Broadband), Steve Temple (InTouch Systems), Iain Dunnett (New Anglia LEP), Lindsey Mack (independent telecoms consultant), Ann Steward (PPC North Norfolk), Chloe Smith MP, George Freeman MP, Clarke Willis (Anglia Farmers), Martin Collison (Collison Associates), Nicola Currie (CLA), Rob Wise (NFU) outside the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - Credit: Archant

Business leaders lobbying for Government to tackle the ‘digital divide’ which plagues rural firms in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire took their campaign to Westminster on Monday.

The group said the meeting with Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey was positive, and they are due to get back to him with additional information today.

The group urged him to consider a pilot project in East Anglia to offer improved broadband through satellite and wireless technologies. They want a tailored system that will reach the last 5 to 10% of the population which will miss out on faster broadband roll-out.

Clarke Willis of Anglia Farmers said the minister received most of their proposals “positively and enthusiastically”.

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