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Oxfordshire County Council is hoping to address the poor, and in some cases non-existent, high-speed broadband coverage experienced by some of its more rural residents.

Deputy Council Leader David Robertson has joined forces with the Local Enterprise Partnership to kick-start the OxOnline campaign, which aims to give residents and local businesses a voice on broadband and mobile internet coverage.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Mr Robertson said: "Many areas in rural Oxfordshire have very poor or non-existent broadband internet and mobile phone coverage."

"In this day and age, with more and more services being delivered online, this is simply not acceptable."

He claimed that the lack of high speed broadband services was actually starting to hamper the regional economy as people struggle to make the most of the internet.

OxOnline is calling on all home broadband and business internet users to contact the council to flag up any problems they have with phone line coverage and broadband internet speeds.

Last year, OxOnline raised concerns that large areas of the county will not be covered by next-generation broadband by 2015.

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