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Professionals living in rural areas could be put at a disadvantage in the jobs market if they do not have access to high-speed broadband, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Telegraph, Charlie Brooks claimed that ten per cent of the population has effectively been "written off" from a digital perspective, even as the government plans a £1 billion investment in rural broadband.

"Thanks to rash decisions made now, large areas of the countryside will be turned into depressed backwaters," he commented.

This could have a "devastating impact" on people's career prospects, Mr Brooks added, as more employers seek to adopt home working models to reduce costs and improve their carbon footprint.

"If you live in one of the areas where teleworking via high-speed broadband is impossible, the likelihood is that you'll find it much more difficult to get a decent job," he said.

Earlier this week, the Scottish government said it would keep the issue of rural broadband provision under review, and make more funding available if sufficient demand for high-speed services can be demonstrated.

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