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Faster broadband bid for High Peak communities

Rural communities in Derbyshire have been urged to highlight their broadband issues to make a case for faster speeds.

Derbyshire County Council is carrying out a survey to identify where provision is weakest in the county.

Information gathered will help the authority decide on future roll-outs.

High Peak residents with slow broadband connections have been asked to fill in the survey by the borough council to highlight local demand.

Supply vs demand

Glossop and New Mills already have access to "superfast" broadband.

But Ian Huddlestone, from High Peak Borough Council, said many households and businesses suffered from slow speeds.

"That's why we need people to complete the survey - to demonstrate a strong demand right across the High Peak," he said.

The government is investing £530m over four years and hopes to achieve enhanced broadband for 90% of UK homes and businesses by 2015.

However, it has warned that it would not be economically viable to give everyone access to quicker broadband and said it was small rural communities that were more likely to miss out.

Poorly-served communities not covered by the four-year programme will be the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council, which is working on a plan to be submitted to the government before the end of the year.

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