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Almost 400 schools in Surrey are set to benefit from super-fast broadband thanks to a £10 million cash injection.

The deal, which was announced by Surrey County Council, is aimed at helping the region achieve its target of 100 per cent broadband access by 2013, reports the Rye and Battle Observer.

It is hoped that the broadband coverage will be up and running by September this year.

Cabinet Member for Children and Learning Peter Martin told the local newspaper: "Surrey has some of the best state schools in the country and ensuring they are in the internet fast lane is vital in making sure they continue to set high standards."

He added that the internet is as much a part of education as pens and paper and as many children as possible should be able to take full advantage of such technology.

Last month, over 80 town and parish councils within Surrey handed out questionnaires to help assess broadband speeds and quality in the region to residents and businesses.

Some of the more rural parts of the county struggle to receive broadband and the council wants to identify them as part of its aim to get 100 per cent coverage.  

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