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Manchester City Council has announced plans to make open-access high-speed broadband available in the city.

As part of the Next Generation Digital City initiative, proposals have been put forward to introduce a super-fast broadband network in collaboration with local universities and businesses.

The Digital Strategy report suggests that making super-fast broadband available across the city will create new job opportunities and support firms working in the region.

Councillor Neil Swannick, executive member for the environment, explained that developing a city-wide wireless internet network will boost Manchester's economy and give the city a competitive edge against its European rivals.

"We know that other European cities which are competing directly with us, such as Amsterdam and Paris, are providing fibre directly into businesses and the home, at a fraction of the cost of anywhere in the UK," he said.

"Consumers and businesses then benefit by having reliable broadband at anything up to 1,000 times the speeds that are currently offered here. We believe that this will soon become a major competitive threat to Manchester and the UK as a whole."

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