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Lincolnshire County Council will find out next month whether its bid for £20 million in broadband funding has been successful.

The local authority has applied for the grant from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), which is currently overseeing the distribution of the coalition government's £530 million rural broadband fund.

Councillors will be informed on May 27th whether the bid has been successful, and finance is available to deliver high-speed broadband to the Lincolnshire countryside.

However, a BDUK spokesperson told the BBC that even if the initial application is declined, the county could still be in line for financial support.

"BDUK will work with unsuccessful applicants until their plans are ready for funding," he told the news provider.

Last week, BT announced that five more telephone exchanges in Lincolnshire would be upgraded to support super-fast fibre broadband services.

As a result, consumers and businesses in Birchwood, Market Deeping, Sudbrooke Park, Washingborough and Stamford are set to gain access to 40Mb broadband speeds by the end of 2011.

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