Search begins for South Gloucestershire net slow-spots
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.