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A broadband summit is to be staged in Suffolk, as part of ongoing efforts to attract the funding needed for internet upgrades in rural parts of the county.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has organised the Suffolk Broadband Conference, which will be attended by Communications Minister Ed Vaizey along with technology experts and a variety of local stakeholders.

The event, to be held at Waveney House Hotel in Beccles, is designed to bolster the local campaign for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding, which is being led by Choose Suffolk.

Mr Aldous said that if the rollout of high-speed broadband is left to the markets, internet service providers will concentrate on easy-to-reach areas which tend to be around main towns.

"The government is allocating money to provide full comprehensive coverage and bids can be put forward to tap into that money," he stated.

"Choose Suffolk has worked up a proposal which will be part of the bid submitted to the government later this month."

BDUK has been charged with distributing an initial £530 million of public money to support rural broadband upgrade initiatives across the UK.

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