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Residents in Hull are set to benefit from improved broadband connections under a new local development initiative.

A partnership plan is being formed to turn the East Yorkshire port into a "digital city", building upon a scheme launched within local schools, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Mark Jones, Hull Council's Head of Economic Development and Regeneration, said a programme is being developed to increase community access to high-speed broadband.

He commented that there is "widespread recognition" that the city cannot be left behind as the digital revolution sweeps the UK.

"There is a consensus in the city that digital connectivity, and the infrastructure that supports it, is a key issue that needs to be addressed," Mr Jones added.

"A consistent message coming back in the initial consultations is the need for the council to take the lead."

Earlier this month, Spiked Online editor Brendan O'Neill told the Guardian that the UK's broadband infrastructure is failing to keep up with the rapidly developing virtual society.

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