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Church towers will be used to transmit Wi-Fi broadband to homes and businesses across Norfolk, it has been announced.

The Norwich Evening News reports that the Church of England has teamed up with internet service provider Freeclix to improve broadband coverage in rural areas of the county.

As part of the scheme, high-speed webcams will be installed on church roofs in a bid to deter vandalism and lead theft.

David Broom, Deputy Chief Executive of the Diocese of Norwich, commented: "This is an exciting new venture for the Church and one which will help us to serve our local communities.

"Our focus in terms of the delivery of high-speed broadband is on the rural areas, where clearly the need is greatest."

He said the initiative will be geared towards improving broadband coverage for both homes and businesses in Norfolk.

"It's businesses that are really suffering in these areas at the moment," Mr Broom added.

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