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Better mobile connectivity: what you can do to help

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11 July 2012

In a country of 60 million people, there are over 81 million mobile connections. Being connected makes a huge positive difference to individuals, communities and businesses across the UK.

With mobile broadband, children can do their homework, students can apply to university, people can apply for work, business owners can run their firms, and families can book their holidays or do their weekly shop. There are wider benefits, too: public services are now accessible via mobiles. For example the NHS sends appointment reminders via text; and, of course, you can call them in an emergency.

Understandably, more and more people want access to mobile communications and the operators are keen to extend the benefits of their services as widely as possible - but we need your help.

There are some areas of the country where it is more difficult than others to build the infrastructure needed to provide a mobile signal: for example, in rural areas where it simply costs more to build base stations or in a town where the local authority won’t let the operators build on public land.

We’re asking people to sign up to the following statements to show their support for bringing the benefits of mobile communications to as many people as possible:

  1. Mobile connectivity brings major benefits to individuals, communities and businesses across the UK.
  2. These benefits should be extended as far as possible.
  3. For this to happen we need a national network of masts – local authorities should approve appropriate planning applications from mobile operators and make their own land available to build on.
  4. Operators should have fair access to land (through a reformed Electronic Communications Code) so that they can maintain a consistent service.
  5. Government should make enough Radio Frequency Spectrum available for the operators to provide the best service possible.

If you agree, show your support by sending an email with SUPPORT in the subject to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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