A lack of decent broadband and 'not-spots' are among the chief frustrations for people and businesses in rural Wales, a new report says.
The Rural Economy Taskforce Report, released this week by Wales Office minister David Jones, was commissioned last year to look at the major issues affecting rural communities and economies across Wales.
Frustration over broadband services was singled out as the biggest concern to such communities, as well as threats to the future of facilities like post offices and shops.
"The feedback we received for the Rural Economy Taskforce Report showed that local communities and businesses are becoming more and more reliant on effective broadband coverage," Mr Jones said.
"However, in rural areas, broadband speeds are often extremely slow and sometimes non-existent."
Recent data from Ofcom ranked north, mid and west Wales as among the worst areas of Britain for broadband.