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Rural Broadband

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of poor broadband access on rural businesses.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There is evidence that businesses using the internet outperform those that do not, growing four to eight times faster. We recognise that lack of broadband availability hampers the potential of rural businesses and that is why the Government are investing £530 million to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the population in all local areas, with at least a functional level of access—two megabits per second—to the rest of the population by 2015.

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