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County-wide wireless web coming to Clackmannanshire

Image caption The service will be available from spring 2011

Businesses and communities in Clackmannanshire will soon be able to receive high speed wireless broadband.

The council has won a grant of almost £200,000 to help fund the service, which should be ready across much of the county by spring 2011.

Speeds of between 2Mbps and 20Mbps will be available on the wireless connection, the council said.

People in parts of Stirling will also be able to access the service, known as "ClacksMax".

Clackmannanshire Council said the technology would allow businesses to thrive in areas with previously patchy coverage.

The exact reach of the signal will not be known until the equipment is in place, but the council said that "as a minimum" the service would cover Tillicoultry, Alva East, Alloa West, Bandeath, Throsk, South Alloa, Cambusbarron and parts of rural south west Stirling.

Details on how to sign up for the service will be available in the new year.

Eddie Carrick, portfolio holder for sustainability at Clackmannanshire Council, said: "I'm delighted that our bid has been recognised as a strong one and that we've got the funding to take this forward.

"Clackmannanshire has a great transport infrastructure that puts it at the centre of Scottish business. Now we can build an electronic infrastructure to match that."

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