An MP has said that high quality broadband can be the difference between companies surviving or going out of business.
Tim Farron, an MP for the South Lakes, told the North West Evening Mail that he thinks it should be a legal requirement for all small firms to have access to decent broadband speeds.
"I have long been campaigning for superfast broadband and mobile broadband but we need to remember some homes and businesses are struggling to access even the basic speed of broadband internet," he added.
"This is completely unacceptable in this modern age and it puts us at a serious risk of being left behind."
Currently, plans are in place to give all UK businesses access to broadband speeds of at least 2Mb by 2015. However, if companies' properties are hard to reach there is no legal obligation for broadband providers to ensure that it has web access.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC's Digital Agenda, recently said that if broadband coverage is going to be available for all then nations will need to embrace a host of solutions including fibre-to-the-home, fibre-to-the-cabinet, next generation mobile solutions and upgraded cable.