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George Osborne has promised his constituency of Tatton in Cheshire that he will do his best to convince BT of the area's need for high-speed broadband.

The telecoms giant plans to extend a super-fast fibre-optic broadband network across the country to more than ten million homes by the year 2012 and different locations are vying for places on a priority list.

The Conservative Party's shadow chancellor Osborne believes Tatton, an affluent leafy enclove near south Manchester, should be one of the places given the nod by BT.

He told the Knutsford Guardian: "Soon lots of websites and programs will expect people to have very high speeds.

"Business users with it will have an advantage and I don't want businesses and residents in Tatton to miss out."

BT, which has already set up pilots for the service in Wales and London, has set aside £1.5 billion for investment in the project.

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