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Clackmannanshire Council has obtained funding for a county wide wireless broadband service, which could benefit Scottish homes and businesses.

A grant of almost £200,000 has been received to help fund the ClacksMax service, which will be rolled out in the new year and ready for use by spring 2011.

Broadband users tapping into the Wi-Fi network will be able to access download speeds of between 2Mb and 20Mb, the BBC reports.

Among the communities to benefit will be Tillicoultry, Alva East, Alloa West, Bandeath, Throsk, South Alloa, Cambusbarron and parts of rural south west Stirling.

However, the council will not be able to confirm the exact scope of the wireless broadband service until the network has been constructed.

Eddie Carrick, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability at Clackmannanshire Council, said he was "delighted" that the bid for funding had been approved.

"Clackmannanshire has a great transport infrastructure that puts it at the centre of Scottish business. Now we can build an electronic infrastructure to match that," he stated.

A Wi-Fi broadband pilot was recently launched in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, enabling local people to take advantage of free internet access.

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