The Shadow Environment Secretary has slammed the quality of broadband connectivity in rural areas.
This week, a report by Rural England stated that children living in rural areas are at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts in urban areas because of inadequate broadband services.
Responding to the findings, Rachael Maskell said they offer "yet more evidence that rural communities have been left behind by this Tory government".
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she commented: "It’s clear that the lack of infrastructure in rural areas, including broadband and mobile access, is blocking access to vital services across the board".
The report pointed out that schools are increasingly using online learning materials and expecting pupils to do lots of homework online.
However, it said this is very difficult for children living in homes with slow connections, particularly if they are carrying out research-based tasks that involve downloading attachments and large documents.