More and more government services are moving online, and broadband is important in ensuring equal access to services for people in rural areas.

You can use the internet to save time filling out forms, access government data and maps, find out if you’re getting your full benefits or pension entitlement.

Case Study: Using broadband to apply for cattle passports

On the farm we are reliant on a good connection for applying for cattle passports to  BCMS, as well as recording movements. We also use the DEFRA Whole Farm Approach, a part of the Government Gateway, which is a very heavy site so works slowly at peak times. As more and more sites increase their functionality and media content we are beginning to find ourselves at a disadvantage and we are almost  back to where we were in the pre-broadband days.” Steve Pattinson - farmer at Kinkry Hill, Roadhead