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Residents in a number of remote Herefordshire villages are set to benefit from a new super-fast broadband project, it has been reported.

According to 24dash.com, the launch of a new broadband licence for churches will help deliver broadband services to communities including Peterchurch, Madley, Preston-on-Wye, Credenhill, Callow and Wellington.

Broadband equipment will be installed in church buildings across the various parishes, with wireless signals beamed from spires and towers across the county.

In Kingstone, where the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis recently presented the first broadband licence, a Wi-Fi signal will allow 150 residents across three local hamlets to use broadband services.

Nick Peplow, Marketing Director at allplay, which is running the scheme, said the firm would go "where there is demand".

"When you think about it, what we are seeing here is two local organisations coming together to find a local solution to a local problem that affects thousands of rural residents and businesses," he stated.

"Perhaps more importantly, this is a private enterprise that is not reliant in any way on state funding."

Churches participating in the project will receive £500 per year for storing the wireless broadband hubs.

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