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Residents in a remote Scottish village have signed a petition in a bid to gain access to improved broadband services.

The BBC reports that almost everybody living in Abbey St Bathans, Berwickshire, has offered their support to the campaign.

Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont, who is supporting the villagers, has received the petition and handed it to the Scottish government.

He told the news provider: "Having been contacted by a number of residents in the Abbey St Bathans area who are without broadband, I am aware of just how frustrated they are with the current situation."

Mr Lamont said that in the fast-moving world of today, broadband is becoming "increasingly important" for residents, and particularly local businesses and those children who are taught at home.

Campaign organiser Karen Parkinson said she had lost her internet connection due to the local exchange being at full capacity.

"The last year has been a nightmare, business-wise and socially. We are a very rural community and we do need communication with the rest of the world," she added.

Last month, villagers in Alston Moor, Cumbria, revealed they were laying their own next-generation broadband infrastructure, owing to frustrations with internet service providers.

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