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Local councils are beginning to realise the difference that broadband can make in their communities, one industry figure has pointed out.

Head of the Minneapolis Wireless Network, James Farstad, was attending the Wireless and Digital Cities conference in Barcelona, an event which discussed the possibilities presented by municipal wireless coverage.

Mr Farstad said that local councils were increasingly using broadband as part of their policies, having discovered the multi-faceted benefits it can bring, reports

"More and more councils realise they have to be customer-focused, and encouraging tele-working is a family-friendly, business-friendly public policy. And a key part of that is the availability of affordable broadband," he was quoted as saying.

"Low-income families, in particular, need broadband for education and financial reasons."

Asco in Spain is one of the first locations in the world to offer municipal wireless access, with plans afoot to use the technology in the city's traffic control system.

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