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Residents of one village in Surrey have demanded to see developments in their local broadband coverage, it has been reported.

Locals in Ewhurst are angry that few of its population of about 1,000 can access internet speeds of 2Mb or more, according to the Surrey Advertiser.

Walter Wilcox, a local communications engineer, believes that BT should implement fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology in the area, but is sceptical of this happening in the near future.

He told the local newspaper: "We still have some way to go before we achieve FTTC in Ewhurst - BT are now actively developing this infrastructure method, but not here."

Mr Wilcox also criticised the Digital Britain scheme, noting that by 2012 - when the government hopes the entire UK will have access to 2Mb broadband - this connection speed will already be outdated.

Earlier this week, the Country Land and Business Association claimed that poor regional broadband coverage was damaging the rural economy.

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