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Residents in Staffordshire Moorlands - a local government district to the west of the Peak District - are to receive super-fast broadband for the first time.

More than 8,700 homes and businesses in Biddulph and nearly 6,000 in Cheadle will benefit from BT's latest round of fibre broadband rollouts, the internet service provider (ISP) has announced.

The towns are among 13 communities in the West Midlands and 156 nationwide set to receive a BT infrastructure upgrade by the end of 2011.

Broadband users will gain access to broadband connections offering up to 40Mb download speeds, potentially rising to 60Mb in the future.

John Dovey, BT's West Midlands Regional Director, commented that the roll-out of super-fast broadband across Staffordshire and the West Midlands is "continuing to gather momentum".

"At a time of difficult economic conditions, super-fast broadband is being rolled out in the UK at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world," he stated.

"BT is making one of the largest private sector investments in the West Midlands in recent times and this is boosting the prosperity of the region as well as transforming the internet for businesses and households."

The ISP is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK to support fibre broadband services.

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