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Published: 18th Jul 2011

Labour MP Cathy Jamieson has claimed East Ayrshire Council must do more to offer better broadband to those with a currently poor ADSL connection.

She called on authorities to speed up the process of establishing a strategy for universal internet provision in the area, the Kilmarnock Standard reports.

Currently, the region's business growth is being hindered by the lack of broadband and many enterprises face the prospect of being in a "postcode lottery" for a connection, Ms Jamieson said.

"East Ayrshire Council need a strategy that addresses this issue and rolls out universal broadband as soon as possible," the MP continued.

She made her comments after a recent Ofcom report showed East Ayrshire has no superfast broadband access, with many local residents receiving internet speeds of less than 2 Mbps.

Ms Jamieson is not the only person campaigning for better broadband, as Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart recently held an event to discuss ways of improving services in Cumbria, the News & Star reported.