Businesses in Suffolk have launched a campaign as they bid to bring faster broadband to the county.
According to the Evening Star, many parts of East Anglia are still unable to receive the government's recommended minimum of 2Mb, while other areas of the UK gain access to speeds of 40Mb and above.
As a result, the Suffolk Broadband partnership, which comprises of Suffolk County Council, BT and local enterprise groups, is seeking £5 million from the East of England Development Agency to fund infrastructure upgrades.
Andy Wood, head of brewing firm Adnams and chairman of Choose Suffolk, which is involved in the campaign, told the news provider that the county as a whole is "characterised by generally poor broadband access".
He added: "This is proving to be a significant disadvantage for business growth and community inclusion.
"Businesses not only lose out on contracts but also overall competitiveness against their better equipped peers in other areas of the country where broadband access is faster."
Earlier this week, Phil Harris, Managing Director of IT firm Norcom Technology, based in neighbouring Norfolk, said firms are likely to leave the region if better broadband access cannot be offered.