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Households across Dumfriesshire have been asked to participate in a research project considering the quality of broadband received in the area.

Local MP David Mundell is looking to gain more feedback on apparent problems with broadband coverage in the area which he has been notified about through his summer surgeries.

According to the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, the research has also been inspired by the government's Digital Britain report, which he claimed had highlighted the importance of faster broadband.

He added: "I believe this report does not fully address the needs of broadband users in rural areas: with the possibility of further widening the gap between the service users in urban and rural areas receive."

The UK government's plans to introduce universal broadband offering speeds of 2Mb by 2012 were also recently criticised by the Federation of Small Businesses, which claimed they lacked ambition.

It added that improved proposals should be put forward.

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