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Two high-speed broadband trials are to take place in rural Lincolnshire, after a European grant was obtained to finance the project.

Lincolnshire County Council has secured £750,000 in EU funding to test the rollout of fibre broadband in two villages, which will be selected by the autumn.

Justin Brown, Head of Enterprise and Economic Regeneration at the council, said the plan is to demonstrate the value of broadband to the rural population, thereby encouraging internet service providers to invest in the county.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, he stated: "Over the past 12 to 18 months the availability of good quality internet has been described by businesses as one of their barriers to growth.

"We are seeing the business community becoming more and more concerned about it."

He said the council would be looking to BT, Virgin Media and Vodafone to pick up the baton and bring faster broadband to the local countryside.

The government has pledged to deliver a minimum of 2Mb broadband nationwide by 2015.

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