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Residents living in two small Suffolk villages are set to receive reliable high speed broadband for the first time.

Under proposals currently being considered, villagers living in Foxearth and Liston will be able to access high-speed wireless services using a base station to be attached to the local parish.

A spokesperson from the organisation behind the scheme, the Foxearth and Liston Action Group (Flag), has said that existing broadband providers are failing to deliver on advertised speeds.

Clive Waite, chairman of Flag, told the Suffolk Free Press that residents in rural areas throughout the UK were often receiving speeds of only 512 Kbits per second with provider BT.

Lloyd Felton, director of County Broadband, added: "We need to close the gap between urban and rural areas. This could revolutionise how people work from home [and] how students and schoolchildren access information."

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs identifies improving rural broadband services as a top priority for central government.

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