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Rural residents are still at a disadvantage compared to city dwellers when it comes to broadband services, it has been claimed.

Paul Dixon, Policy Officer at Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), said people living in urban areas have access to faster speeds and more broadband options.

Speaking to, he claimed Brits are "still being penalised for living in rural areas" in this regard.

Mr Dixon expressed hope that the situation may change if the government meets its target of 95 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2017.

But he claimed small villages and towns will still be left behind super-fast cities.

"Those places may be on 100Mb connections by 2020, but where will the rural areas be?" he questioned.

Responding to the comments, a spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport told the news provider that the UK rural broadband rollout is gathering pace.

"We’ve already provided access to over half a million rural homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out," the representative stated.

"We’re now reaching more than 20,000 additional properties every single week."


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