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Lincolnshire council has confirmed it will be preparing a bid for government funding to help improve broadband speeds in the region.

According to a report from the Lincolnshire Echo, the bid will see the council aiming to get a chunk of the extra £830 million injected into the Broadband Delivery UK scheme earlier this month.

The Head of Economic Regeneration Policy for Lincolnshire County Council, Justin Brown, told the newspaper: "First-class broadband is very important for Lincolnshire as it will help businesses to grow, local people access services and young people download learning materials."

He added that the bid will make up part of the council's overall broadband strategy which includes helping communities set up their own broadband networks and trying to persuade private digital service providers, such as BT, Virgin, Vodafone, that they should invest in the region.

The council is also urging local residents on North Keveston to vote for their area in BT's Race to Infinity, which will see five areas being given the chance to get superfast broadband.

However, the area does not currently stand in the top ten, with the leaderboard being topped by Whitchurch in Hampshire.  

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