Residents in Rutland are set to benefit from the signing of a new broadband cables contract.
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has teamed up with BT to launch Digital Rutland - a project that will see 97 per cent of properties in the area enjoying high speed internet connections.
The move comes after BDUK was earlier awarded a fund of £710,000 by the county council to help the organisation provide improved speeds by 2013.
It is hoped the move will provide a significant boost for both local homes and businesses that carry out most of their work via the web.
Terry King, deputy leader of Rutland County Council, noted: "This will provide benefits for the wider community such as developing education through e-technology and giving residents access to new models of care and social interaction."
He added coverage in the area has been poor up until now, adding there needs to be greater efforts to reduce the number of 'not spots' found across the county, in addition to more emphasis being placed on the areas that are not served by the market.
Posted by Nick Hester