Bath and North East Somerset better broadband access

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Plans to improve broadband access to support new jobs and better connect rural areas have been announced by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The authority has set out key aims including getting high speed broadband into nine out of 10 premises by the end of 2016.

It also aims to roll-out wi-fi, 4G and 3G to shopping centres, sports venues and the transport infrastructure.

The plans have been welcomed by some Bath-based businesses.

"Ultra-fast broadband is vital for any city which has ambitious plans to become one of the prime locations for supporting digital and hi-tech industries," said Richard Godfrey, chief executive of iPrinciples - a Bath-based software company.

"Companies looking for places to relocate or expand will form part of their decision making on the speed of broadband for both uploading and downloading."

There are also plans to open up 22km of fibre network owned by the council to encourage inward investment by ultrafast broadband companies.

"We must have the broadband infrastructure to match our ambition to attract new investment and new jobs with great opportunities for local people," said councillor Ben Stevens.

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