Those living in England’s national parks can rejoice today as low mobile signal (or none whatsoever) is set to become a thing of the past.
An agreement between National Parks England and the Mobile Operators Association has put plans in motion for improved coverage in the Parks, which cover ten per cent of the country and are home to some 330,000 people, bbc.co.uk reports.
It is hoped that all “notspots” – those areas which provide no mobile signal at all – will eventually be eradicated allowing all customers to stay connected. The UK’s four main mobile providers – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have also pledged to do this, while having little effect on the environment.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey told telegraph.co.uk: “Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work.
“They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years. The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks.”
National Parks are worth more than £4 billion to the national economy, according to environment minister Lord de Mauley. The ten National Parks of England include The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.