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LGA responds to change in planning laws for 5G rollout

“Access to fast and reliable digital connectivity is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, and councils have been a key player in the roll-out to the hardest to reach areas in the last five years."

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‘Tackling the digital divide’ – LGA responds to speeding-up trial of 5G rollout

"These pilot schemes are a positive recognition of this and could potentially be extended across the country. It is now vital that mobile network operators and the Government work with local authorities to deliver this programme."

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Gigabit Broadband Rollout - LGA responds to Levelling-Up White Paper announcement

“Tackling the digital divide will be important to levelling up in every community, ensuring everyone has the connectivity they need to thrive. We remain committed to working with government to help design an approach to roll out that will benefit from councils’ local expertise.”

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report into Project Gigabit

"Councils have a vital role to play helping to improve local communities’ connectivity. During the pandemic, communities have been reliant on having a fast and reliable broadband connection to support home working, access to services and to keep friends and family in touch."

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LGA awards funding for councils as part of Digital Pathfinders Programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the nine successful councils in its new Digital Pathfinders Programme. 75 councils in England were shortlisted through a competitive bidding process. 

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LGA launches Digital Pathfinders Programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched its Digital Pathfinders Programme to help councils innovate and pioneer projects to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security.

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LGA responds to Citizens Advice Broadband Report

"The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that access to a good quality, affordable broadband connection is vital for our communities and it is very concerning that people are priced out of this. We continue to call for a ‘social tariff’ to ensure a basic service is available at an affordable price to those most in need."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on improving broadband

"Councils are committed to working closely with the Government to help deliver on its nationwide gigabit-broadband and mobile coverage ambitions."

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LGA responds to NAO broadband roll-out report

"The Government should use the upcoming Spending Review as an opportunity to empower councils to place a local digital champion in every local area to help facilitate delivery and support providers to install gigabit-capable broadband as quickly as possible."

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LGA Digital Connectivity applications now open

“The Digital Connectivity programme, which is part of our sector-led improvement offer, is helping all councils to provide vital services for residents who don’t have access or confidence to use digital platforms."