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Published: 23rd Sep 2014

A politician has stressed the importance of improving rural broadband. 

George Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, told the Eastern Daily Press better connectivity in the countryside has the potential to lead to a "rural renaissance of enterprise". 

He is part of a group from across East Anglia that visited Westminster yesterday (September 22nd) in a bid to convince minister for the digital economy Ed Vaizey to choose the region for a test project to improve broadband in rural areas.

Also represented in the group were the Country Landowners' Association, National Farmers Union, Federation of Small Businesses, Anglia Farmers and local enterprise partnerships.

"Fast broadband is vital to economic prosperity, especially for rural areas like ours that have been left behind for too long," Mr Freeman stated.

The politician claimed improved connectivity would help to create jobs in rural areas, boosting both "heritage and prosperity".

As a predominantly rural region, fast broadband is currently hard to come by in many parts of East Anglia.