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Somerset County Council has drawn up a cross-party bid for super-fast broadband funding, it has been announced.

The local authority is seeking £7 million in public money to support the rollout of fibre broadband services and hopes to see an equivalent investment from the private sector.

Ken Maddock, Leader of the Conservative-run council, said that improving Somerset's broadband infrastructure is the "best single thing we can do to help business".

Opposition councillors have also thrown their weight behind the campaign, reports the BBC.

Jill Shortland, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, commented that super-fast broadband is something Somerset desperately needs.

"We are fully behind the bid and have offered our full support and also to be part of the delegation to see the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, at the beginning of May," she stated.

Somerset County Council is aiming to deliver 30Mb broadband to 85 per cent of the county's population by 2015.

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