Blackford backs plan to boost 4G in rural areas

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Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has backed a plan to introduce a Shared Rural Mobile Network in areas where 4G connectivity is considered low.

The Shared Rural Network is a collaborative proposal developed by the UK’s four mobile operators, under which they would share infrastructure in rural areas to increase 4G coverage. The operators have been in discussion with the UK Government over several months to secure the necessary support, planning and regulatory reform needed to put mobile connectivity on an equal footing with other essential services.

Mr Blackford has thrown his weight behind the initiative and signed a parliamentary motion in favour of the plan.

‘These proposals present a real opportunity to optimise the ability of 4G in our area. I fully support it and I will do what I can to support the plan and give it the best chance of success,’ he said.