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Stirling Council backs internet improvement plans

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Image caption Stirling Council is backing plans to roll out super-fast broadband which uses fibre-optic cable

Stirling Council has approved plans to improve access to and the quality of the area's internet connections.

The council's finance and economy committee backed moves to enhance local access to fibre-optic broadband.

A fund of £600,000 has been set aside to top up money from the Scottish government to improve the country's digital infrastructure.

The aim is to ensure 75% of premises in Stirling have access to high-speed broadband by 2015.

The council is hoping to see the roll-out of next generation or super-fast broadband, using fibre-optic cable, which can deliver download speeds of 40-80mb per second.

Councillor Neil Benny, the committee's convener, said: "Faster broadband is a key priority for Stirling Council. We want to see as many residents and businesses as possible benefit from reliable broadband at the best speeds possible.

"Connectivity will be crucial to the future provision of services to our communities and the viability of our businesses."

The committee also recommended that a broadband advisory group be set up, with members from local communities, to gauge the best way to spend the council's funding on improving internet access.

Specialist consultants FarrPoint Limited have also been appointed to help develop the council's internet connectivity strategy.

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