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BT has been announced as the private sector partner for Norfolk County Council's rural super-fast broadband rollout.

The broadband provider will contribute £11 million to the £41 million fibre deployment project, with the rest of the money coming from Broadband Delivery UK (£15.4 million) and the authority itself (£15 million).

Bill Murphy, Managing Director of BT's Next-Generation Access Division, said the project will move Norfolk well and truly into the broadband fast lane with fibre being rolled out to the majority of the county.

"With the internet central to virtually every aspect of modern life, Norfolk’s lack of good broadband access has been a key concern to both businesses and residents alike," he stated.

"Norfolk needs access to high speed broadband so it can continue to be recognised as a good place to do business and live."

Mr Murphy said the number and quality of services, facilities and applications that businesses and individuals are able to access due to high speed broadband is increasing, and the benefits are "rising exponentially".

"This project should prove to be the much needed catalyst to help regenerate the county's predominantly rural economy," he added.

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