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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A member of the House of Lords has called for broadband speeds in Northumberland to be improved. 

Viscount Ridley wants connectivity to be boosted in the Coquet Valley, as both reliable broadband and mobile services are hard to come by in the area, local newspaper The Journal reports.

Speaking to a government spokesperson, he said he welcomes the rollout of super-fast broadband, but this is little comfort to people in the Coquet Valley.

"They are in a 'not spot' and there are no plans for them to get out of it yet," Viscount Ridley added.

His argument was supported by the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed Sir Alan Beith, who said reliable internet access is needed for small businesses to thrive in remote areas and called for action to be taken to improve connectivity in the Upper Coquetdale region.

Stephen Waddington of campaign group Digital Coquetdale claimed a "lack of 21st century communication infrastructure" is holding back rural communities across the country.