Rutland broadband project contract signed

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A £3m contract to provide broadband to almost all the households in Rutland has been signed.

Last year the county council was awarded £710,000 by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to help it introduce high speed internet by 2013.

Along with partner BT it has launched Digital Rutland to bring high speed internet to 97% of properties.

Officials said the project would be a major boost to businesses and homes in the area.

BT will contribute £800,000 to the project with the other £2.2m, including the BDUK money, coming from the council.

Deputy Leader of Rutland County Council, Terry King, said: "Broadband coverage in Rutland is poor and in some areas very poor, which is why we need a solution like this for the whole county addressing 'not spots' and areas the market will not penetrate.

"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."

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