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Published by Ranjith Kumar
Need for Broadband in Rural Communities
Need for Broadband in Rural Communities

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Mind the Gap:
Digital England –a rural perspective
 
The Commission or Rural Communitiesacts as the advocate or England’s ruralcommunities, as an expert adviser togovernment, and as a watchdog to ensurethat government actions, policies and programmes recognise and respondeectively to rural needs, with a particularocus on disadvantage.It has three key unctions:
Rural advocate:
the voice or rural people, businesses andcommunities
Expert adviser:
giving evidencebased, objective adviceto government and others
Independent watchdog:
monitoring, reporting on and seekingto mainstream rural into the delivery o  policies nationally, regionally and locally
 
 
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Contents
ForewordExecutive summary1 Introduction2 The rural picture-the current state of rural digital inclusion3 What are the rural issues?
Business sustainabilityEducation and lifelong learningEquitable access to servicesSocial and community cohesion
4 Rural proofing the Digital Britain interim report5 Universal connectivity in rural areas
 Achieving the Universal Service CommitmentProspects for USC based on mobile or wireless infrastructureProspects for USC based on satellite connectionsThe view from 2012
6 Next Generation Access – now and in the future
Defining Next generation AccessWhere are the ‘not spots’ for Next Generation Access?Investment priorities for rural areas. The Caio review
7 Next Generation Access in rural areas – putting it into practice
Investment modelsNext Generation Access experiences of rural areas in other countries 47
8 Next steps
Recommendations
 Appendices
Glossary and acronyms 54
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Digital England – a rural perspective
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