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Businesses in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, are hoping to benefit from the Next Generation Fund, established to improve broadband coverage in rural areas across the UK.

According to the Halifax Courier, firms in Calder Valley in particular struggle to send large data files quickly over the internet, and need access to greater connection speeds in order to boost their development.

With the government set to make £1 billion available for investment in the national broadband infrastructure, they are hoping to be included in the plans.

John Hodgson, Calderdale Council's Business and Economy Team Leader, said he hoped the whole of Calderdale would benefit from faster speeds by 2017.

He added: "Businesses want to be well connected for efficiency and also to be able to network and communicate with others.

"Designers and developers and other businesses need to send big files, but if they can't do that they can't compete. This gives them a chance to compete in a global market, so it's very good news."

Last week, Conservative MP Ed Vaizey told the Herald Series that Didcot will be "ahead of the game" when it receives its new super-fast broadband service from BT.

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