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Important advice handed out by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is going unread by some farmers, who simply can't get online.

Farmers in so-called 'not-spots' are unable to view the government guidance as broadband services cannot reach their part of the country by conventional means.

Speaking in the Welsh Assembly, MP Hywel Williams slammed the government, and in particular Rural Affairs Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, for using the phrase not-spots.

The Daily Post quoted him as saying: "Will the Under-Secretary abandon the term 'not-spots'?

"It is bandied about by, for example, by BT as if it were an explanation or even an excuse for not providing a proper service to places such as Rhiwlas in my constituency, where people want to use broadband for domestic purposes but also for rural businesses and professions."

The village of Whitchurch in South Glamorgan, Wales, was recently chosen by BT as a pilot location for its forthcoming fibre-optic broadband service.

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