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East Riding Council has announced plans to look into the suggestion that the area will not benefit from BT's planned investment in fibre-optic broadband.

Councillor Geoff Pickering told the local authority's overview management committee that the broadband provider should be challenged over whether rural areas in Yorkshire are included in the plans to provider super-fast broadband to ten million homes by 2012.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, many residents in East Riding are currently unable to access any high-speed services.

Talking to the newspaper, Councillor Pickering said: "My own internet connection is getting slower than dial-up and it's affecting my ability to do my work.

"It's vital to us as we are very much a rural authority and broadband enables businesses to operate in rural areas."

Milton Keynes Today recently reported that a local body based in the city has praise BT's plans to trial Fibre-to-the-Premises technology in the area.

The Milton Keynes Broadband Action Group said the move would have major benefits for homes and businesses.

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