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New plans to install fibre-optic broadband networks across York have been given the green light.

City of York Council has agreed a deal with H2O Networks and Pinacl Solutions which will see a network boasting connection speeds of 10Gb provided to schools, libraries and other public services in the local area.

Organisations based in and around the city are likely to be given access to IP telephony, video conferencing and CCTV services thanks to the new technology, it has been claimed.

The council's Head of ICT, Roy Grant, said the new fibre-optic broadband would help to bring an end to restrictions such as bandwidth availability and cost.

"Not only will we be able to link council buildings and facilities - including our new headquarters - but the city-wide network will help us attract new businesses to York by offering low-cost connections to the network," he added.

Details of the plans have come around a week after the government announced the launch of new fund to support the introduction of next-generation networks across the UK.

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