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Slow Broadband 'Damaging Education'

Families living in a rural area say that lack of suitable broadband access is damaging their children's education.

A survey conducted by insurance firm NFU Mutual suggests one in five rural families have poor broadband links. The survey of 1,600 parents found that the lack of broadband is preventing their children accessing online educational resources.

More than a third of those with internet access said that the broadband was too slow for their needs.

Tim Price, rural affairs specialist at NFU Mutual said: "As more educational resources become internet-based, country children risk falling behind their urban counterparts.

"Rural communities are already falling way behind and as the digital revolution gathers pace there's a real risk that the viability of some rural businesses will be threatened and children be put at a disadvantage."

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