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A campaign has been launched to bring fibre-optic broadband services to a remote part of the north-east of England.

With just 12.3 per cent coverage, Teesdale has the lowest level of broadband availability in the UK, reports the Mercury.

Latest figures from Point Topic indicate that the area has significantly lower coverage than the next two worst-affected locations - the Isles of Scilly (15 per cent) and County Down in Northern Ireland (15.8 per cent).

Consequently, the Teesdale Action Partnership (TAP) has applied for funding to introduce the service.

Charlotte Stow, of the Teesdale and Wear Valley Enterprise Agency, claimed that a quick solution to the lack of broadband access is needed for the sake of the local economy.

She stated: "Businesses are hanging on while they wait for us to find a solution and many have moved out of the dale because they can't get broadband.

"Teesdale has a plethora of broadband not-spots, where internet is only available on dial up, and a huge amount of not-enough spots, where broadband is not resilient or has problems."

Last week, Iain Gray, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, claimed that broadband access should be available for all households in the country.

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