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People living in the constituency of culture minister Ed Vaizey have complained about the poor quality of their broadband service.

Mr Vaizey is responsible for the delivery of the government's Broadband Delivery UK project, but his constituents in Fernham are currently suffering with connection speeds no faster than three Mbps, Cable reports.

As the village only contains 100 houses, BT does not believe it commercially viable to include it in the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire scheme, which aims to bring super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the county. 

Local resident Paul Phillipson told Cable both the slow speeds and quality of phone lines is causing problems.

"People are finding it near impossible to work from home and children can't do their homework because their connections are so unreliable," he stated.

Mr Vaizey said the village has not been "forgotten about" and will receive a share of the £10 million funding programme that will test using innovation solutions - such as satellite broadband - to bring improved connectivity in hard-to-reach areas.