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The Secretary of State for Culture has promised to improve broadband coverage in Suffolk, a largely rural county in East Anglia.

Jeremy Hunt MP said fibre-optic technology would help improve digital participation in the countryside, which currently suffers from a lack of high-speed broadband.

"It's a very real economic issue and we have got to sort it out," he stated.

Mr Hunt pointed to the government's £830 million broadband fund - which is geared toward establishing digital hubs in rural communities across the UK - as a potential source of finance for network improvements,

Nicola Currie, Regional Director of the Country, Land and Business Association, told the BBC that two-thirds of Suffolk suffers from "unworkable broadband speeds".

"I know of a prestige car business near Bury St Edmunds which is unable to email photographs satisfactorily which holds back their marketing," she stated.

Ms Currie also explained that farmers now have more than 20 government forms to fill out each year over the internet, which they are unable to do adequately with a poor web connection.

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