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Business owners in the Kent village of Crockham Hill have met BT to discuss a lack of broadband connectivity which has left internet users lagging behind with dial-up.

Various residents including a pair of B&B owners, an architect and an employee of a charity organisation have clubbed together to tackle the problem.

The outdated dial-up service that the villagers currently use is said to be costing more than a broadband offering would, as well as being significantly slower.

One member of the frustrated group, Carol Morse, told the Kent and Sussex Courier that the area's internet services are living in the past.

She said: "There are so many people here who work from home and need to have broadband. Dial-up it's so frustrating it's very, very slow."

"We are only about ten miles from the M25 yet we are proudly told about people who live on the west coast of Scotland and in remote African villages who can get broadband."

Recent figures from Ofcom show that more than 2.5 million Brits still surf the web via broadband.

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