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Northumberland County Council is failing to take the action necessary to improve broadband quality for local homes and businesses, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Berwick Advertiser, Councillor Peter Jackson, Leader of the Northumberland Conservatives, slammed the governing Liberal Democrat council for lacking sufficient ambition in this area.

He claimed that the county is being left behind in the race for high-speed broadband, and local people will be the ones to suffer.

"Northumberland is stuck in the slow lane, even as our neighbours, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, are being given money to develop broadband provision in isolated properties and communities," Councillor Jackson stated.

"The decision of the Lib Dem administration not to apply for high-speed broadband funding status is a mistake, and one that is all the more puzzling given that the Lib Dems tell local people that broadband is one of their top priorities."

Broadband Delivery UK recently announced that £50 million of public broadband funding would be shared between Wiltshire, Norfolk and a joint bid from Devon and Somerset.

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