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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Delays in the rollout of the government's rural broadband scheme have drawn criticism from a Bassetlaw MP.

John Mann claimed he hopes to secure better broadband for Bassetlaw after a new report from the Public Accounts Committee suggested the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has mismanaged the project, the Worksop Guardian reports.

According to the report, these failings are costing households an additional £20 in council tax, while the fact BT has won every contract to date has placed it in a 'quasi-monopolistic position'.

Mr Mann commented: "My confidence in this project has always been low and this has been confirmed by the report which is damming and disappointing for our local villages."

He observed the government will not achieve its goal of delivering superfast broadband to 90 per cent of rural homes by 2015, adding some villages are being prevented from joining the initiative due to "bureaucratic hoops". 

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