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Town and parish councils across Worcestershire have been urged to apply for broadband funding from the government.

Local MP Peter Luff commented that large swathes of the county are set to miss out on high-speed broadband, as there are no immediate plans for fibre deployments in the mid-Worcestershire countryside.

He told the Droitwich Advertiser that access to high-speed broadband is crucial for a range of reasons, not least the economic advantages it brings to remote communities.

As such, Mr Luff has written to local councils urging them to take advantage of government funding, which is being distributed by Broadband Delivery UK.

"The good news is that the government has established a £530 million fund in this parliament, with additional sums in the next parliament, to pay for the installation of affordable high speed broadband roll out to rural areas," he stated.

"I have already encouraged the county council to work constructively with BT and it would appear that BT was confident that a bid from Worcestershire could well succeed."

Mr Luff said that if Worcestershire acts in unison, it should be possible to secure "a revolution in broadband coverage".

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