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Cumbria hopes to have the most advanced broadband network in Europe within four years.

According to the News and Star, the county – home of the Lake District – is seeking the maximum possible investment from Broadband Delivery UK, as it bids to develop a world-class internet infrastructure.

The body has been charged with distributing the government's £530 million fund for high-speed broadband projects in rural areas.

In a report to councillors, Jim Savege, Corporate Director for Organisational Development, said local people are becoming "increasingly unhappy" with the quality of broadband they have access to.

"Super-fast broadband is required to ensure Cumbria continues to develop its economy, enhance communication links to rural communities and provide a service delivery platform for more efficient public sector services," he stated.

"This project raises our profile nationally and puts us in the best position to attract funding from public and private sector to achieve our goal of providing the best in Europe connectivity by 2015."

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