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Residents in two remote North Yorkshire villages have been given access to broadband services thanks to a new initiative.

NextGenUs is behind the effort to bring connection speeds of up to 10Mb to people living in Newton and Stape, which had previously been earmarked by experts as broadband not-spots.

According to the body's blog, it uses a symmetric fibre line run from a school around 20km away to the areas, where the service is now being offered via wireless broadband.

NextGenUs has suggested that the scheme could serve as an example for future efforts to bring broadband to remote areas.

"The project is an innovative example of how public, private and community sectors can come together and provide an answer to connectivity not-spots," it added.

Details of the initiative have come after the Communications Management Association recently criticised both Labour and the Conservatives for their broadband strategies, claiming that neither party's proposals are suitable.

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