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John Harrison, the new elected mayor of North Tyneside, has promised to push for high-speed broadband for every home in the area.

Mr Harrison says that the local council should provide a next-generation infrastructure, highlighting the benefits that would be enjoyed as a result.

The enhancement of education resources available to children at home and the speedier services enjoyed by adults were two reasons for the construction of such a network, Mr Harrison said.

Announcing the proposals, he told the north-east's News Guardian publication: "Now is not the time to do nothing - now is the time to plan, to act and to provide the support and leadership that the residents of North Tyneside want and need."

According to One North East, the region now has the fastest broadband connection speeds outside the capital.

The regional development agency has made an effort to make sure every home and business within its jurisdiction has access to high-speed internet services.

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