£400m at stake in webinar test of rural broadband
Farmers who want a slice of the £400m the government hands out each year for environmental stewardship can now find out how to apply for the new three-tier higher level stewardship (HLS) system via two online webinars.
All you need to take part in the webinars is access to the internet and a telephone, they say.
The webinars, organised by Natural England, are for land agents or anyone interested in how the new streamlined fast-track, standard and complex tiers are assessed.
To register for one of the hour-long webinars or for further information please call 0300 060 1695, or email email@example.com, and quote the reference and dates NEME848 (19 August 2011) or NEME849 (2 September 2011).
“Once registered, you will receive easy telephone and online joining instructions,” says Natural England.
Br0kenTeleph0n3 would like to hear how this works out on the light of the apparently poor broadband service available in rural areas.
Given the government’s plans to do things digital by default, here is an opportunity to run a real live field test of the technology. If nothing else we might establish a baseline of the practicability of actually doing things online in the countryside.
Please send an email (ironic, this, I know) to firstname.lastname@example.org saying how the sign-up process was and why, and if you manage to get onto the webinar, what the experience was like, and whether you think this way of doing things is a go-er.
We’ll publish the results here, and send a copy to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and communications minister Ed Vaizey for their comments, as well as BDUK, so they can take your plight to heart.