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BT should not be connecting cities to high-speed broadband while there are still rural areas without basic services, a member of the Welsh Assembly has suggested.

Conservative shadow minister for the Economy, David Melding, was speaking after BT announced plans to roll-out fibre-optic broadband in Cardiff.

Speeds of up to 40Mb will soon be available to those living in the Welsh capital, but Mr Melding said that residents in the countryside are still suffering without broadband internet.

He told the BBC: "While we welcome proposals to link the Cardiff area to a super-fast broadband network there are still parts of Wales struggling to get any broadband connection at all.

"Wales has been stuck in the slow lane of the information super highway for far too long, with the average broadband speed here slower than in London and Scotland."

The Country Land and Business Association recently pressed the government to address the digital deficit in the country before planning a large-scale next-generation roll-out.

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