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A government minister has promised to take up the case of the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea as a campaign to secure better broadband access at the location continues.

The resort hosts the World Indoors Bowls Championship and is also a venue for Premier League Snooker, causing resort chiefs to worry about whether a lack of broadband internet access could discourage officials from holding the events there in the future.

Now secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, Hilary Benn, has vowed to lobby BT to modernise the local exchange.

"I am going to raise the specific problems with the chief executive of BT," he told the Eastern Daily Press.

"High speed broadband is really important for rural communities in the 21st century - rather like the roads in the 20th century, railways in the 19th century and canals in the 18th century."

As well as being a top-class indoor sporting venue, Potters Leisure Resort also contains the Aphrodite treatment suites, offering beauty therapy.

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