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There are fears that government funding for the improvement of rural broadband in Shropshire could be withdrawn. 

The region has been earmarked for £11.38 million of investment through the Broadband Delivery UK project, but this will only be granted if Shropshire Council can provide a matching amount. 

If the local authority is unable to do so the government may withdraw its funding, the Shropshire Star reports. 

Patrick Cosgrove of the Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband, which is working with the council to try and raise the cash, told the newspaper he is concerned they may struggle to find the necessary amount.

"How do you find £11.38 million matching money by the end of June? The quick answer is with the greatest of difficulty," he stated.

Mr Cosgrove said Shropshire "desperately needs" the funding for broadband improvements and claimed it is "lunacy" the council will only grant an amount it is able to match.