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A Parish Councillor in Sundridge, Kent, has made an impassioned plea for improved broadband services in his area.

Michael Stokes told the Sevenoaks Chronicle that internet access is "awful" in the area, which locals refer to as the "broadband Bermuda Triangle".

He noted that 0.5Mb download speeds are typical for broadband deal subscribers in the parish.

Mr Stokes said there could be "a marked economic effect", not only on businesses and shops but also on house prices if the Sundridge's broadband network is not upgraded.

"I do not know what the answer is, but we need to work with other parish councils and set up a campaign," he told the news provider.

"As the internet becomes increasingly important in our day-to-day lives we are going to have to do something about it."

Last month, the government committed £830 million in funding to upgrade the UK's rural broadband infrastructure.

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