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Ministers in rural areas of Yorkshire are under increasing pressure to fix broadband 'not spots' in the region.

Maps from communications watchdog Ofcom have highlighted a number of digital deserts in the county, with fewer than one in five homes in some areas having access to superfast broadband.

Across a third of North Yorkshire there is currently no reliable broadband signal and just 15 per cent of homes have superfast broadband coverage, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Stuart Burgess, Chairman of the Commission for Rural Communities, has said that the upcoming Growth Review should aim to tackle these coverage issues.

“Rural broadband and good mobile phone coverage go together, you can’t separate them as issues. After affordable housing it’s the number one issue in rural communities throughout the whole of England – in some areas it’s the number one issue," he is quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The Yorkshire Post is campaigning for the government to give every home in the UK access to superfast broadband by 2015, rather than the current 90 per cent target.  

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