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Norfolk County Council could discover if it has been shortlisted for government broadband funding as early as this week, it has been reported.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, Broadband Delivery UK has indicated that it may begin contacting local authorities over their finance bids in the coming days.

The body has been charged with distributing £530 million in public money for rural broadband projects across the UK.

Karen O'Kane, Head of ICT at Norfolk County Council, said: "We have been led to believe they might start contacting shortlisted people late this week. We've just got to wait and keep everything crossed.

"We are working in anticipation that we are going to be successful and are pushing on so we don't lose any time."

Official confirmation of the funding grants is scheduled to be published by Broadband Delivery UK towards the end of this month.

The body is set to approve five schemes, making a total of £50 million available during the first round of funding.

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