Labour vows to provide extra £75m for rural broadband header image

Shadow farm minister Huw Irranca-Davies is set to promise that the Labour party will provide £75 million to improve rural broadband connections if it wins the next general election.

According to Farmers Weekly, Mr Irranca-Davies will make the pledge at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Monday (September 23rd).

The transcript of the minister's pre-prepared speech reveals that he will say: "A Labour government would switch half the money - £75m - from the super-connected cities programme to a digital inclusion programme."

It is estimated that such a move would allow an additional two million people to access high-speed broadband connections in rural areas.

However, the next general election is not due for another 18 months and residents in remote locations who need reliable, fast internet connections should contact Avonline regarding the satellite broadband service.

Unlike traditional connections, it merely requires the installation of a small satellite at the property - rather than any underground cables - and so users can get online quickly and with the minimum of disruption.