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Deputy first minister in the Welsh Assembly Ieuan Wyn Jones has pledged a commitment to providing high-speed broadband for remote countryside areas.

He stated that the government was involved in discussions with communications providers to ensure that everyone had access to a high-speed internet connection.

Mr Jones' comments followed expressions of doubt about the claim that 99.4 per cent of people living in Wales could get broadband access, the Press Association reports.

Mid and west Wales assembly member Nerys Evans said: "There are a number of examples of whole villages ... where research has shown that the lack of a broadband connection is having a great economic impact."

The news follows a recent announcement by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) stating that rural broadband access issues were not being adequately resolved by government bodies and internet service providers.

CLA president Henry Aubrey-Fletcher recommended high-level talks to help rectify the problem, as a growing number of rural businesses were being jeopardised because of a lack of broadband access.

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