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Households and businesses in Lancashire could be set to benefit from the construction of a new high-speed broadband network.

Lancashire County Council has unveiled plans to deliver high-speed broadband by 2014, ahead of the government's 2015 universal service commitment deadline.

The local authority is believed to be seeking European funding to help support the project, while it will also run a tender process to identify suitable partners for the scheme.

"Lancashire County Council is aiming to lead the county into a bright new future. We want to open up opportunities for businesses in Lancashire, by establishing a super-fast broadband network," said Council Leader Geoff Driver.

"It is important for the county council to encourage business, create jobs and develop a sustainable and growing economy."

Mr Driver said this would help people, especially in rural or deprived areas, to connect in new ways with the rest of Lancashire and the wider world.

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