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High-speed broadband can no longer be considered a luxury for businesses, as they are required to conduct an ever-increasing range of tasks online.

This is the claim of Councillor Colin Hart, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Suffolk Coastal District Council, who is campaigning for faster broadband speeds in the county.

He explained that many businesses now require high-speed services for websites or completing essential online government paperwork such as tax returns.

"Everyday tasks such as applying for tenders, marketing, processing orders or communicating with clients can be limited by inadequate broadband service in many parts of Suffolk," Councillor Hart added.

As a result, action must be taken immediately to help local firms thrive in the current economic climate, he claimed.

Councillor Hart continued: "At a time when BT has just announced rolling out broadband services of 40Mb to some areas of the country we as a rural district cannot afford to be left even further behind the current national target standard of 2Mb."

Last week, Nicola Currie of the Country Land & Business Association claimed that broadband inequalities could create tax filing difficulties for many small businesses.

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