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Councillors in South Derbyshire are set to discuss concerns over broadband provision with BT in the near future, it has been revealed.

According to the Burton Mail, the district has been struggling with poor levels of coverage for some time and worries have emerged over whether the telecommunications firm was set to act on the problem.

However, Amy Plenderleith, who represents the Hilton ward on the district council, said previous talks with the company had been disappointing.

"I feel broadly more positive after this meeting," she told the newspaper.

"We had a good conversation and discussed with the Lords the broader picture of how broadband is being rolled out and how rural areas are missing out."

Earlier this month, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced the launch of a new fund which will be used to provide fibre-optic broadband access to 90 per cent of the UK by 2017.

It will specifically be used to ensure rural communities and hard-to-reach areas have access to quality internet services.

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