Fast broadband work in South Gloucestershire by December

Work to install superfast broadband in some areas of South Gloucestershire could begin in December, the local council says.

The authority wants to invest £2.2m on the project along with £710,000 from government body Broadband Delivery UK.

It said the money will allow every home to access a minimum of 2Mbps with 90% being able to access up to 24Mbps.

Councillor John Goddard said the move was "evidence of our commitment to tackle the digital divide".

He added that the money would help provide fast internet in areas where commercial providers would not.

"This combined council and BDUK funding will make a huge difference towards ensuring that they are not left behind," he said.

The spending will have to be approved by South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet in February.

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