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A £40 million link to super-fast broadband is vital if Plymouth is to continue its economic resurgence, it has been claimed.

According to the local Chamber of Commerce, the city needs to plug into the 'electronic motorway', allowing businesses and consumers to enjoy high-speed internet access, reports the Plymouth Herald.

Speaking at a city symposium, David Parlby, the chamber's chief executive, said the city should connect to the national high-speed network, build a major data storage facility and use fibre-optic cabling to connect every building in the city.

He said this 'third-generation' broadband would provide internet speeds up to 25 times faster than at present.

Mr Parlby added: "We need this to deliver growth. If we don't do it, the local economic strategy is not going to happen.

"It's fundamental if we're serious about being the finest European waterfront city, increasing jobs by 42,000 by 2026. We have to find a way."

Gateshead Council has recently worked with Alcatel-Lucent on a joint venture to introduce super-fast broadband at the 21-hectare Baltic Business Quarter site in the town.

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