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Farmers based in East Yorkshire say a complete lack of internet access is jeopardising the future viability of their businesses.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Ottringham landowner Tudor Williams explained that he has no access to the web at all, let alone through a broadband connection.

And with the government now asking businesses to fill out essential forms online rather than on paper, this is causing major problems, he said.

"They put all the new rules and regulations online and you need broadband just to keep up," Mr Williams stated. "Businesses like ours are just being left behind."

East Riding Councillor Jane Evison agreed with the comments, arguing that in the 21st century, not having broadband "is a bit like not having electricity".

A spokesperson for BT explained that those individuals unable to receive broadband are anomalies who tend to be located a long way away from the nearest telephone exchange.

Some are likely to be buoyed by local broadband provider KC's commitment to provide 2Mb broadband across East Yorkshire by 2012, three years ahead of the government's universal service commitment deadline.

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