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The report produced following a government-commissioned review into the UK broadband market has been called "blinkered" by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

According to the organisation, which represents the interests of firms in rural areas of the country, the review's conclusion that government investment in high-speed broadband is not a pressing need is way off the mark.

The CLA says that some firms are considering re-locating out of the UK, such is the lack of a reliable connection.

Speaking to PC Pro, Douglas Chalmers, director of the CLA North, commented: "One company in Cheshire is in the throes of relocating to Paris because its business was dependent on broadband.

Mr Chalmers added: "It's absolutely pointless trying to access the latest news without decent broadband," referring to Defra's communication with farmers during the Foot and Mouth crisis.

The CLA representative went on to call for a UK-wide fibre-optic broadband network to be made available within 15 years.

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