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Business Minister Mark Prisk believes a local, community-based outlook is needed to ensure broadband networks are upgraded across the UK.

Speaking at a roundtable discussion in Ipswich, the Hertford and Stortford MP claimed that local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are better equipped to deliver small-scale infrastructure projects than Whitehall.

As reported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Mr Prisk explained that a one-size-fits-all approach has obvious pitfalls, since each individual area has its own set of priorities.

He said it was up to the LEPs to decide how best to improve broadband coverage in their locality, with central government taking a back-seat on project planning and management.

The Con-Lib coalition has set aside an initial £530 million for investment in local broadband projects, which is currently being distributed to successful applicants via Broadband Delivery UK.

"What we are intending to do is enable [LEPs] to put together a bid in a way that works for them," Mr Prisk stated.

"They may say actually what we need at the moment is a £5million tranche to get us to the next step."

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