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A number of businesses on the Yorkshire Dales are set to receive cost-effective high-speed broadband under a new scheme.

The Broadband for the Dales project aims to provide access for businesses located too far from telephone exchanges to take advantage of the existing network infrastructure.

In the past BT has tried to connect businesses to its network but the costs involved were simply too high to make it viable, the Journal reports.

The Dales project is being carried out by One NorthEast - which is contributing £50,000 to the project - as well as the Northumberland Strategic Partnership and social enterprise firm Cybermoor. "This is a practical way of addressing [access problems], ultimately helping to create and maintain thriving and sustainable rural communities," said One NorthEast's Stephen Carey.

Such news follows a recent report by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) that stated that broadband provision is becoming less dependable at a time when more and more people are coming to rely on it.

The CLA is now calling for greater parity between urban and rural broadband access.

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