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Internet service provider (ISP) Rutland Telecom is to deliver 50Mb broadband speeds to households in the village of Hambleton, it has been announced.

The firm will use its gigabit infrastructure to deliver fibre-to-the-premises broadband in the rural community during spring 2011.

At present, households in Hambleton receive download speeds averaging just 0.7Mb, limiting their online capabilities to basic web browsing.

However, 60 per cent of local homes have signed up for super-fast broadband and the £250,000 required to upgrade the local internet has been acquired.

In the future, speeds of up to 1,000Mb should become available to subscribers.

A 12-month residential broadband package, which includes 50Mb downloads, 5Mb uploads and a 25GB usage allowance, will cost villagers £50 per month.

For £100 per month, local businesses will have access to 50Mb uploads and a 250GB usage allowance.

Rutland Telecom has also brought high-speed broadband to the village of Lyddington using the community investment model.

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