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Councillors in Staffordshire are stepping up attempts to improve the town's outdated broadband infrastructure.

According to the Burton Mail, local residents and businesses are faced with "woefully slow" broadband speeds, and a network upgrade is desperately needed.

Councillor Cedric Insley, Chairman of East Staffordshire Borough Council's local prosperity sub-committee, has prepared a report on broadband in Burton ahead of a funding application to Broadband Delivery UK.

It states: "The recommendation of this report is to encourage the close-working partners within the local enterprise partnership to pursue the funding available from BDUK in order to secure super-fast broadband."

BDUK is currently distributing £530 million in public funding for the provision of high-speed broadband in digitally-deprived areas.

Council Leader Richard Grosvenor has expressed support for Councillor Insley's recommendation, commenting that super-fast broadband is "crucial" to the economic and social future of East Staffordshire.

"The council's aspiration is to meet the government's stated target that by 2015 every household and business, whether rural or urban, will be able to access a basic level of broadband," he stated.

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