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RESIDENTS living or working in rural areas in Ashfield are being urged to get behind a campaign which will give them faster broadband.

The Superfast Broadband in Notts campaign has been launched by Nottinghamshire County Council and aims to attract 5,000 pledges from members of the public by autumn.

The pledges will be used to persuade telecoms companies that there is a high level of demand for good broadband speeds in areas which are ‘digitally disadvantaged’.

Earlier this year, Chad reported on the problems faced by residents in Teversal who experienced slow and intermittent internet connections.

Those who worked from home were particularly affected by it.

The campaign, which includes a ‘pledge totaliser’ was launched by Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts on Friday.

She said: “At the moment telecoms providers think it’s not worth their while commercially coming out to rural areas to install broadband technology, but we want to urge them to prioritise the rural areas here.

“Otherwise thousands of homes and businesses could be languishing in the digital dark ages for many years.

l Householders and business owners can pledge their support at or by calling 08449 80 80 80.