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Faster broadband is needed in remote rural areas in order to sustain farming communities, it has been claimed.

A report from the Commons environment committee has suggested that the provision of high-speed internet services in the countryside would encourage young people to stay, rather than moving to larger urban centres.

It calls for the government to provide additional funding for the rollout of high-speed broadband in less densely-populated areas of the UK.

Anne McIntosh, Chairman of the committee, explained that farmers would be able to submit paperwork online, making it easier for them to run their businesses.

"Government must ensure farm businesses can provide a decent income for hard-pressed hill farmers," she said.

"Farmers in the uplands do a huge amount of unpaid work that benefits the public. The challenge is to find a way to reward farmers while preserving their way of life and wonderful landscapes of our uplands."

The government has pledged to provide nationwide access to 2Mb broadband by 2017.

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