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The Liberal Democrats say upgrades to broadband and mobile networks in the countryside are "urgent priorities" for the UK.

The coalition partner - which goes into May's general election with 56 MPs - has pledged to further invest in rural connectivity should it form the next government.

Speaking to, a spokesperson for the Lib Dems said the party "strongly supports" the rollout of high-speed broadband and mobile networks outside the major towns and cities.

"We are pleased that the coalition government has invested over £1 billion to improve this infrastructure," the representative stated.

"This is providing a welcome boost to homes and business throughout the countryside."

The Lib Dem spokesperson said the party's aim is to roll out super-fast broadband to 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses by 2017.

The Labour Party has already made a similar pledge, promising high-quality, fast and reliable broadband for all should it gain control of Westminster next month.

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