Superfast broadband plan for Exmoor announced

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A group of businesses and residents has revealed plans to set up its own superfast broadband service in Exmoor.

The scheme was mooted after BT said it would not be increasing the speed of its broadband service in much of the region due to the high cost involved.

The group is to submit a bid in May to the government's Rural Community Broadband Fund, which provides grants to communities in remote areas.

If the bid is successful, the scheme could be rolled out in 2014.

A spokesman for the group said half of the estimated £500,000 set up cost would be provided by the grant, with the rest coming from local investment.

He said: "Our aspiration is to try and get everywhere on Exmoor on superfast broadband."

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