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All seven Suffolk Members of Parliament are supporting the case for further investment in the county's broadband infrastructure.

The MPs have signed a letter in support of Suffolk's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) application, claiming that the county is one of the worst areas of the UK for download speeds.

Addressed to Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of BDUK, the letter explains that 60,000 premises in the county have access to download speeds lower than 2Mb.

Speaking to the Bury Free Press, West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock said the majority of people in his constituency are unable to access super-fast broadband.

He noted that Newmarket is scheduled to receive a connection, but other rural market towns such as Mildenhall and Brandon are still pushing for network improvements.

"One of the reasons we as MPs are campaigning together is that support from BDUK will help us to plug that gap," Mr Hancock stated.

BDUK is set to announce the winning bidders for the first round of funding – worth £50 million – on May 27th.

The body has been charged with allocating the government's £530 million pot for rural broadband improvements to successful applicants.

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