Super-fast broadband is a "pipe dream" for too many rural communities, according to one MP.
Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon in Yorkshire, said that although rural businesses are most in need of high-speed internet access many are forced to cope without it.
He welcomed news that the government is planning pilot schemes to boost broadband coverage and speeds for four rural communities, including his own, and also praised the fact that rural broadband is up for debate in the House of Commons.
"It is vital we do not just get it right for today’s needs and tomorrow’s technology, but innovations for years to come. As with the government’s decision to press ahead with high-speed rail, we need to have vision," he noted.
In order to achieve this, Mr Smith stated that all available technologies need to be considered, including fibre, satellite, wireless and mobile.
It was reported earlier this week that Penrith MP Rory Stewart will lead a debate on the issue of rural broadband today (Thursday May 19th).