Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, met on Wednesday with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nicky Morgan MP, to discuss the Government’s recently announced Shared Rural Network plan. The £1 billion proposal aims to tackle the problem of low coverage in rural areas using a network of new and existing mobile phone masts, working with network providers. The plan is intended to grow mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025.
Commenting afterwards, Mr. Carmichael said:
“Anyone living in the Northern Isles is familiar with the frustrating reality of mobile coverage “not-spots”. These huge gaps in service have been tolerated by islanders for too long. It is high time that we got rural coverage sorted for good.
“I’m glad that the Government and network providers are finally making progress on the Shared Rural Network proposal. Our communities deserve world-leading connectivity, for businesses and consumers alike. Improved coverage will make a major difference for people across the country, but especially in the isles.
“This long-awaited promise must be followed through. I expect any future Government to stand by today’s commitment to better coverage.”