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Six towns in Lancashire are set benefit from super-fast, next-generation broadband thanks to the rollout of BT's 21st Century Network Scheme.

Homeowners in Colne, Darwen, Great Harwood, Padiham, Chorley and Todmorden are among those who will benefit from the scheme, which will give them access to broadband speeds of up to 24Mb, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

According to BT, the new broadband services will be available in spring 2011.

BT regional director Mike Blackburn said: "This faster broadband service will play a major role in helping our region attract and retain inward investment.

"It is a major step forward offering numerous improvements and opportunities - and faster broadband for many customers in Lancashire."

Earlier this week, the Lancashire Evening Post reported that Mike Martin, the founder of, is building a super-fast broadband network with the aim of getting some rural areas in Lancashire online.

The network, which currently has 30 members, will spread from Preston into the Bleasdale Estate in the Trough of Bowland and to Paythorne village.

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