Isle of Wight rural superfast broadband contractor search starts
Work to find a contractor for a multi-million pound project to bring superfast broadband to rural parts of the Isle of Wight has begun.
The firm that will install the system is due to be appointed in September.
The council is investing £3m to make the service available across the island - not just the towns - which will be matched by £3m from the government.
An Isle Of Wight council spokesman said "work on the ground was likely to start in the following spring".
He added the investment was to stimulate the local economy.
Norman Arnold from the Isle of Wight Federation of Small Businesses said: "Having fast internet speeds across the island is vital to the success of our small businesses - particularly those in more rural areas."
The successful contractor will provide further funding for the scheme.