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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has called for more clarity on the government's broadband funding. 

It has recently been announced that the coalition will be providing £250 million for the rollout of super-fast connections in the UK. 

However, CLA president Henry Robinson said it is not obvious where this money has actually come from. 

"It is unclear whether the £250 million is part of the £300 million for super-fast broadband already announced by the government. If this is the case, what has happened to the other £50million?", he questioned.

Mr Robinson also said it remains to be seen if this money will be invested in rural areas, where many households are still reliant on slow and unreliable internet connections of no more than two Mbps. 

People in such locations should look into satellite broadband, as this technology can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps in even the remotest areas. 

This is because it operates via signals sent from satellites in space, meaning there is no need for time-consuming and expensive infrastructural developments.