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Consumers and businesses in northern Scotland are hoping for government confirmation of a major high-speed broadband pilot in the Highlands and Isles.

The Press and Journal reports that an official announcement over the scheme - designed to bring super-fast broadband services to the region - is imminent.

David Cameron was due to provide details of the £35 million scheme at the Conservative Party conference, the news provider stated, but these were omitted from his keynote address at the last minute.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP John Thurso said the Highlands and Islands Enterprise's pilot plan is "well thought out and comprehensive".

The Liberal Democrat MP commented that he was sure the proposal, which would involve £10 million of private sector funding, will have been looked upon favorably by the government.

"I look forward to the formal announcement because this will be a huge boost to the economy across the north," Lord Thurso added.

Last year, Inverness MP Danny Alexander described the average broadband speed available in the city as "a disgrace", when compared to other areas of Scotland.

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