The North Norfolk Labour Party is continuing its campaigning on mobile phone coverage in North Norfolk by writing to the mobile phone operators about 3G and 4G coverage in the district.
It will tell that the operators that while some operators focus on increasing basic coverage for calls and texts is welcome, it should not lose sight of ensuring rural areas have 3G and 4G signal for internet on the move too. This would enable users to access to social media, email, websites, and video calls on their mobile phone.
The party fears that rural areas like North Norfolk are falling behind the rest of the country with the latest technology, and with talk of some operators rolling out new technology to rural areas, it wants to ensure the case is made for North Norfolk.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said: “The latest mobile phones come with a vast array of features that many of those living in a rural area like North Norfolk cannot use. Technology is moving at a fast pace, and in North Norfolk many of us still live with coverage that dates back before the iPhone existed.
The on-going issues in Sheringham highlight just how much of a problem outdated technology can have for mobile phone users, and why we should be a priority for new infrastructure. Customers are paying a great deal of money each month and yet do not get the same service others get for the same cost.
We want residents to co-sign our letter showing that there’s big backing for the operators to roll out new technology to North Norfolk first when it’s launched in rural areas.”
David Spencer, Labour’s candidate for North Walsham West, said: “If we are to attract new businesses to our towns we need to ensure the technology is there. Fast broadband, a strong mobile phone signal, and fast mobile internet speeds is essential to high-tech job creation.
We want to ensure North Norfolk leads the way, and this should happen in addition to what some operators are doing to bring basic call and text coverage to rural areas.”
Residents and businesses are urged to co-sign the letter from the North Norfolk Labour Party – this can be done online here.