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Rural parts of the West Midlands look set to benefit from a new project to improve coverage across the region.

Airband Community Internet announced at the Rural Regeneration Zone conference that it has agreed a deal to provide improved internet speeds to people living in areas including Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

As part of the plans, which have been funded in part by the Rural Development Programme for England, the scheme will involve a pilot to bring universal 2Mb wireless broadband to a 40 sq mile patch close to Ludlow and Tenbury Wells.

Peter Pawsey, Executive Chair of the Rural Regeneration Zone, said he was "delighted" that the organisation could "bring a long-term plan to fruition by launching one of the largest rural broadband projects of its type in the UK".

Details of the scheme have come after it was confirmed that a new project has been launched to boost investment in broadband services across rural Wales.

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