Cameron calls for more mobile phone masts

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11 Mar, 2016

The PM has said that more towers are needed to boost broadband speed and coverage

David Cameron has said that Britain needs more mobile phone masts in order to boost the country's broadband speed and coverage.

The Prime Minister also stated that the government needs to "make sure we change the law" in order to allow for new masts' construction.

The Conservative leader's comments came during Prime Minister's Questions in response to a question from MP Andrew Murrison, who highlighted the poor internet connectivity of many of the UK's rural areas.

Mobile towers have previously been regarded as unfortunate eyesores, with Cameron acknowledging that "ten years ago we were all rather guilty of leading campaigns against masts".

However, he urged members of both parties to get behind the initiative, saying "our constituents now want coverage for the internet, they want coverage for mobile phones."

The government has a target of 90 per cent superfast broadband coverage - defined as offering download speeds of over 24 Mbps - by early 2016, which it claims it is on track to hit.

This is despite criticism from the Institute of Directors, which has slammed the government's "poverty of ambition" regarding connection speeds. It has called for a goal of 10 Gbps, 1,000 times faster than the current stated aim.

It also follows the news that the UK's slowest internet speed -- clocked in Miserden, Gloucestershire - is just 1.3 Mbps. Measured by Cable.co.uk, the village reportedly receives "worse broadband than Mount Everest base camp".

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to improve broadband infrastructure, claiming that under the current government the communications market "is simply not working".

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