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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the National Farmers' Union (NFU) have signed up to a new agreement that could make the process of improving poor ADSL connections in rural areas go more smoothly.

By agreeing to a new package of advisory wayleave payment rates and term, the two organisations will make it easier for private companies looking to install broadband infrastructure to work with farmers and landowners.

This will be especially important for rural and isolated areas where the case for superfast connections was previously seen as not commercially viable.

CLA president Harry Cotterell said the importance of strong broadband links should not be underestimated.

"It is essential for business, whether starting up or expanding, essential for education and research and an important communication tool for all rural communities," he added.

Secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander recently suggested that rural communities need broadband to create jobs and compete on a global level.

Posted by Justin McKenzie