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One and half million premises in rural parts of Britain are unable to get broadband speeds of more than 10Mbps, the CLA has warned.

According to Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President of the organisation, this works out to nearly half of all homes and businesses in the countryside.

Furthermore, he pointed out that one in five rural premises are unable to receive speeds higher than 5Mbps.

Mr Breitmeyer believes this is proving to be a major obstacle for rural businesses in particular and hampering their growth.

"Poor connections are the single biggest barrier to them achieving their potential," he commented.

The CLA is therefore staging a seminar today (Wednesday 8th June) involving landowners, policymakers and industry experts, so they can discuss what can be done to provide better broadband connectivity in rural locations.

"This important event will seek to answer the question of what we can fund and deliver the genuinely superfast connections that rural businesses need," Mr Breitmeyer said.

He stated that stakeholders will focus on what can be done to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural locations, with the aim being to "take a positive step towards getting a shared solution that is vital to the future of rural business".

The main conclusions from the conference will then form part of a report, which will be released at the CLA's Rural Business Conference in Westminster on December 6th.

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