Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Rural broadband and digital only services inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launches an inquiry into Rural broadband and digital only services.

Broadband, mobile infrastructure and access to digital services remain a central issue for rural communities.

The EFRA Committee intends to hold a short inquiry, following up on its 2014-15 inquiry into rural broadband and digital-only services, to examine the government’s current proposals and delivery of digital connectivity to rural areas.

Terms of reference: Rural broadband and digital only services

Latest evidence

  • 12 Jun 2019 - Rural broadband and digital only services - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF329 KB) HC 2223 | Published 26 Jul 2019

    Evidence given by Jeremy Leggett, Rural Policy Advisor, Action with Communities in Rural England, Graham Briggs, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Services Network, and Mark Bridgeman, Deputy President, Country Land Business Association; Kim Mears, Managing Director for Strategic Infrastructure Development, Openreach, Malcolm Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Networks Cooperative Association, and Hamish MacLeod, Director, Mobile UK (at 10.30am).

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