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Businesses in the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire are suffering as a consequence of not being able to access broadband internet, according to one local leader.

Pam Palmer, the local council's community business manager, says that firms in the area are falling behind other areas of Wales and the UK in the race to acquire broadband connections.

The South Wales Evening Post has published figures revealing that three-quarters of the broadband blackspots in Wales are concentrated in Powys, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.

Ms Palmer told the newspaper: "This is totally unacceptable. We want to encourage business growth and support young entrepreneurs to stay here in the county.

"Other parts of Wales, particularly Cardiff and Swansea, are racing ahead of us. We are concerned that this problem could affect investment in the area and intend to do something about it."

Liberal Democrat Wales spokesperson, Roger Williams, recently heralded the proposal of universal broadband made in Lord Carter's Digital Britain report as good news for the principality.

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