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New broadband technology being trialled in Cumbria will help local businesses, according to one newspaper.

The News and Star reports BT has confirmed that Wigton is one of ten areas to pilot new technology to bring high-speed broadband to the town.

The Broadband Enabling Technology is designed to deliver fixed-line broadband over longer distances and local residents and businesses are being sought out to test the new initiative.

"Supporters say fast internet access is essential for modern businesses to operate properly and there have been fears that the lack of technology could put isolated areas such as rural Cumbria at a disadvantage," reports the newspaper.

The pilot is due to begin on September 30th and is part of BT's overall plans to bring at least a 2Mb broadband service to all UK homes.

BT recently announced it was embarking on work to improve the exchanges in Norfolk in order to increase broadband speeds across the region.

The upgrade is intended to offer 24Mb to consumers from 2012 and also improve access for people in rural areas, reported the East Anglia Daily Press.

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