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Broadband campaigners in Norfolk are confident of attracting a share of the government's £830 million fund for network investment.

According to the Norwich Evening News 24, plans have been drawn up to deliver up to 40Mb broadband to 85 per cent of the largely-rural county.

In order to achieve this goal, around £60 million in funding will be needed.

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of economic development partnership Shaping Norfolk's Future, told the news provider that the initial meeting with BDUK had been a success.

"Over the next few weeks we will be working with our county council colleagues to develop a bid for Norfolk," he noted.

Mr Starkie expressed confidence that Norfolk will receive BDUK funding, saying that if it does, it will represent "a large step forward for better broadband coverage for Norfolk".

"There are no guarantees in any of this because the bidding process will be competitive but we will be working hard to ensure Norfolk's bid is a strong one," he said.

The government has committed to deliver a minimum of 2Mb broadband nationwide by 2015, although the provision of fibre broadband networks will ensure that significantly faster speeds are available in many areas.

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