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Somerset residents are being encouraged to participate in an online survey, as part of plans to demonstrate broadband demand in the county.

County councillors in Somerset and Devon are launching a joint bid for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding, and a key part of the bid is demonstrating the need for improved internet services.

BDUK is currently distributing a public fund of £530 million for regional broadband upgrades, and campaigners in the south-west are eager to secure a share of the money.

The council hopes to receive a large number of responses to the survey, supporting attempts to press the case for an internet infrastructure upgrade.

According to, local residents have until Monday April 18th to register their interest in receiving high-speed broadband.

Local homeowners and businesses are also being invited to submit letters of support for the funding application.

Somerset County Council hopes to deliver 20Mb broadband to 85 per cent of homes and businesses by 2015, the news provider stated.

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