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Wales must fight to secure funding for improvements to its flagging broadband network, one MP has claimed.

Speaking to NewsWales, Wrexham MP and Shadow Business Minister Ian Lucas criticised the government for failing to ring-fence a budget for network improvements in the principality.

His criticisms were aimed at the £830 million rural broadband fund established by the Con-Lib coalition, which will be part-paid for by the BBC licence fee.

Mr Lucas noted that Welsh taxpayers pay this levy in the same way as citizens across the country, yet Wales has not been guaranteed any of the finance.

"This would be less of a concern if there had not already been controversy over the way the government handled the first round of bids for pilot projects," he stated.

"When Ministers effectively say Wales has to wait for the scraps from a project across the border, it does not inspire confidence."

The Welsh Assembly had applied to stage one of four rural super-fast broadband pilots being organised by the government, but in a leaked document, the application was accused of "lacking effort".

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