Mobile phone signal improvements to be made in North Cornwall

Dan has welcomed plans to improve poor mobile phone signal in North Cornwall after the Coalition Government looks at changing the law to end poor mobile phone coverage. 

Mobile phone companies have been asked to come up with a voluntary solution to end the problem, such as sharing phone masts in rural areas. 

The Government have now set out several plans to change the law to make sure that mobile phone signal is improved in 'partial not-spots' - places where there is a signal from one of two operators but not for others - if mobile phone providers don't reach a voluntary agreement. 

The options being explored include sharing existing masts and equipment or introducing a 'national roaming' scheme where coverage being provide by one mobile network operators would also be made available to other companies. 

Commenting on the announcement Dan said, "Phone package prices stay the same wherever you live, but mobile phone reception is extremely variable which means that too many people in our area are not getting a good deal from the phone companies. 

As Minister for Rural Affairs, Dan has been working to improve mobile reception in rural areas and is delighted at today's announcement as it is an important step forward in making sure that people in Cornwall benefit from better mobile reception, no matter where they live or which company they are with. 

Alongside today's announcement, Dan is also also continuing his campaign to get companies to improve their signal across North Cornwall in the summer months to meet the extra demand, this is following problems in Padstow and St Merryn in August in which residents lost signal for many days. 

People have until 26th November to respond to the consultation which can be found online at: