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An upgraded high-capacity broadband connection from Eclipse Internet is being utilised by Torbay Council, it has been reported.

The new leased line broadband connection has been implemented by the council in order for it to be able to cope with an increased volume of home-working, reports the Plymouth Herald.

Eclipse already leased a 4Mb line to the council, but that has been upgraded to a new 30Mb connection with the capability of being increased to 100Mb in the future.

Andy Margetts, IT operations manager for Torbay Council, said the new broadband capacity "is essential to council's contingency plans".

He added: "We already have the IT systems in place, but because most home-working would be via the internet we needed more broadband capacity."

A delegation from Poland recently visited Scarborough to see the success of the NYnet used by North Yorkshire County Council.

The internet service provider offers broadband to both the council and local businesses and is behind the largest public sector broadband initiative in Europe to offer high-speed access to rural areas, reported the Scarborough Evening News.

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