Households and businesses in areas of the countryside need increased access to mobile broadband services, it has been reported.
According to the Commission for Rural Communities, poor internet access has a negative impact on people living and working in rural areas.
The quango has urged the government to introduce a Universal Service Obligation for mobile broadband providers, and called on ministers to allow spectrum liberalisation, reports ISPreview.co.uk.
"Modern communications is the lifeblood of our economy and vital for the sustainability of rural areas, but rural areas will get left behind if the gulf between urban and rural connectivity is allowed to widen," the commission stated.
"In order to make a stronger business case for private and public investment in rural areas, all present and future rural needs have to be captured and quantified."
The government has committed to providing fixed 2Mb broadband services across the UK by 2015.