Search begins for South Gloucestershire net slow-spots

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Work to discover which areas in South Gloucestershire need council help to get superfast broadband is under way.

The council wants to invest £2.2m on the project which would be spent boosting speeds in areas that commercial providers will not upgrade.

The money includes £710,000 from government body Broadband Delivery UK.

South Gloucestershire Council said the money would mean 90% of homes in the region would be able to access networks at up to 24Mbps.

Councillor John Goddard said the residential and business consultation was a "vital step" in the plan.

"It will allow us to move on to the next phase of identifying and commissioning a commercial provider to begin the important work of upgrading the broadband infrastructure," he added.

The planned spending will have to be approved by the authority's cabinet in February and is a joint project with councils in Swindon and Wiltshire.

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