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High-speed broadband can play a vital role in revitalising the Borders' economy, it has been suggested.

According to Michael Laidler, Director of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, improved broadband access could prove even more important than the soon-to-be re-established railway line.

Work on the restoration of the Waverley Line, which originally ran from Edinburgh to Carlisle until 1969, is currently ongoing, as part of attempts to increase the appeal of the region to businesses and professionals.

Mr Laidler told the Border Telegraph that the railway line would help bring people to the area, but broadband can create jobs and wealth at the click of a button.

"It allows one and two-person businesses, which the Borders are traditionally made up of, to enter a global market rather than a local market," he stated.

"They find themselves very much hamstrung at the moment not being able to do that."

Mr Laidler also suggested that equipping the Borders with high-speed broadband may encourage businesses to relocate there from other areas.

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