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South Derbyshire has been named as the second worst constituency in England for broadband speeds, it has been reported.

Research published by the Labour Party – which looked at broadband across the UK – found that 55.7 per cent of residents in the area suffer from inadequate web services.

Only in Carlisle, Cumbria, were a greater proportion of households and businesses found to be receiving slow broadband.

District Councillor Amy Plenderleith, who represents Hilton on South Derbyshire District Council, told the Burton Mail that the area has been plagued by poor connectivity.

"We have been working hard to address this problem and will be getting an upgrade this year," she told the news provider.

"The seven exchanges which are either in South Derbyshire or serve it could be upgraded in the future."

Councillor Plenderleith said the issue should be resolved by receiving a fibre broadband upgrade at local telephone exchanges.

BT is currently spending £2.5 million upgrading its network infrastructure to support super-fast, next-generation services.

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