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A new wireless broadband service is to be developed in Suffolk, in a bid to increase high-speed internet coverage.

The Suffolk Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) charity has secured a £250,000 grant from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to build the super-fast network in the east of the county.

Private sector internet service providers will be invited to bid for the project tender.

Dr Wil Gibson, Chief Executive of Suffolk ACRE, said that traditional business models for delivering broadband and mobile services in rural areas "are rarely profitable" as a result of low population densities.

"These new approaches supported by ACRE, the Plunkett Foundation and the Independent Networks Cooperative Association whereby communities can help themselves are likely to be the most cost-effective way forward," he stated.

"With the continual erosion of rural services the provision of next generation broadband is absolutely vital to the future wellbeing and prosperity of rural communities."

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently claimed that the government is aiming for 90 per cent high-speed broadband coverage by 2015.

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