Bradley Stoke and Salisbury to get superfast broadband

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More areas of Bristol and Wiltshire are to get super-fast broadband - including one town which has long campaigned for access to the service.

Bradley Stoke, which suffers from slow speeds, will be upgraded along with eight other nearby areas.

In Wiltshire, many parts of Salisbury will be upgraded, with Castle Combe, Broad Town, Broad Hinton and Whiteparish also to be improved.

Customers should be able to order the service from summer 2014.

Near Bristol, Barrs Court, Lower Almondsbury, Olveston, Rudgeway, Thornbury town centre, Tockington, Tormarton and Warmley will also be upgraded.

'Vital for future'

The £35.6m project with BT is designed to bring the service to areas identified as too expensive for commercial rollout and is partly funded by the government's Broadband Delivery UK.

The project aims to deliver super-fast broadband to 94% of homes by the end of March 2016.

John Goddard from South Gloucestershire Council said he was delighted to make the announcement that Bradley Stoke would be upgraded.

"We recognise that high-speed internet connections are vital for South Gloucestershire's economic future, and for promoting business growth and encouraging inward investment.

"Bradley Stoke is our largest area to date to benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband, with the first homes and businesses able to order the latest technology by next summer."

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