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Rural communities 'at risk' without broadband access

24 September 2012 Last updated at 12:05 BST

Economic development in rural areas is being put at risk because of failures to provide adequate access to the internet, a business group has warned.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) says up to a fifth of people in rural areas still do not have adequate broadband services.

It also says the government is unlikely to meet its goal of providing universal coverage by 2015.

Theo Leggett reports.