Cambridgeshire backs £70m scheme for fast broadband

Every household in Cambridgeshire has been promised a high-speed broadband connection within four years.

The county council has voted to support the scheme with a £20m investment matched by £8m from the government.

The idea is to help boost business and cut the difference in broadband speeds between people in town and countryside.

The overall cost will be £70m and now the county council has said it will look for private sector investors to make up the £42m difference.

'Competitive footing'

At present broadband speeds are lower in the countryside than in towns and when homes or businesses are at the end of the wire linking them with an exchange.

Nick Clarke, leading the project at Cambridge County Council, wants to equalise broadband speeds across the county by 2015.

He said the investment would be good for business and would put firms on a competitive footing with Europe and the rest of the world.

It would also benefit residents because they would get speeds which enable them to take part in online gaming and downloading.

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