Broadband speed and reliability remain a problem in many areas of the region but there are hopes the £1billion for faster broadband announced in the chancellor's autumn statement may make a difference.
However, there are hundreds of rural businesses that rely more and more on the internet to grow and maintain their operation, and who don't believe that today's announcement will help them:
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The money will come from a fund generated by fines imposed on banks for manipulating the inter-bank lending rate, otherwise known as LIBOR