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Broadband users in the London satellite town of Hemel Hempstead will soon have fibre-optic services available to them.

The news has provoked a positive response from the area's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Richard Grayson, who has highlighted the boost for business that the improved connectivity will bring.

Speaking to Hemel Today, Mr Grayson also warned that rural communities in his constituency should not be left behind by the development.

He commented: "The way we work has already been transformed by the internet and broadband technology. They are allowing more home-working and greater flexibility in hours, which can help people juggle work with family commitments."

Adding: "A challenge now is to make sure that the villages and rural areas around Hemel benefit."

BT recently announced the locations which will be included its plans for the first stage of a fibre-optic broadband roll-out.

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