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Local councils around the UK are set to receive broadband funding in the next few months, it has been announced.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that Broadband Delivery UK will not run another competition for funding, and instead every local authority will be allocated finance by July 2011.

Last week, the first £50 million of the government's £530 million rural broadband fund was shared between Wiltshire, Norfolk and a joint bid from Devon and Somerset.

Mr Hunt said the change of strategy would mean that each local council has certainty as to the funds available to them.

He acknowledged that some authorities will be disappointed by the announcement, but sharing the remainder of the fund would ensure wider access to high-speed broadband.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith told the Crawley Observer that the authority was disappointed not to be allocated funding last week, but is "pleased that this isn't the end of the story".

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