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Schools, libraries and council offices in the Whitby area are to receive high-speed broadband services under a new scheme.

North Yorkshire county council has announced that the ten-year contract to provide the area with broadband services has been awarded to NYnet, which aims to ensure that a number of major public institutions in the area can provide improved communications services.

The Whitby Gazette reports that the company, a commercial joint enterprise between North Yorkshire county council and regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, currently provides the fastest public sector broadband services in Europe.

John Marsden, North Yorkshire county council chief executive, has said that the move will allow residents in the area access to much improved internet services across a range of sectors.

Broadband access has also been hotly debated in the Shetland Isles.

Islanders met with BT last week to discuss the provision of high-speed broadband services in the future.

According to the Shetland Times, many residents currently feel they are being let down by the provider.

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