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The county of Somerset has the highest proportion of ADSL broadband, it has been reported.

According to data from BT, over 47 per cent of households and business users in the area have an ADSL connection - that is they are connected via a standard phone line rather than a cable.

This placed it just ahead of Cornwall, where 46.3 per cent of the population have the technology, and Oxfordshire at 45.3 per cent.

Sally Wilcox, BT's regional director for the South West, told the Yeovil Express that the country's enthusiasm for the high speed technology left it well placed capitalise on economic opportunities.

She said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Somerset. It shows that many of the county's people and businesses are switched on to the great benefits offered by high-speed broadband.

"Broadband is proving a major boost to the economic success of Somerset and the south west as a whole as businesses use the technology to find new markets and work more efficiently, whilst households take advantage of the almost limitless opportunities for education, entertainment and shopping."

ADSL has been promoted in the area through the Connecting Somerset initiative through which locals could receive IT advice and grants were awarded to help businesses set up web presences.

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