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Surrey County Council aims to provide 100 per cent super-fast broadband coverage within three years, it has been reported.

The authority has started a tendering process, inviting private companies to bid for the right to extend the county's broadband infrastructure beyond BT's network.

Some 20 per cent of Surrey premises are set to be excluded from BT's fibre broadband rollout, and the county council is aiming to bridge the gap.

Council Leader Dr Andrew Povey told the BBC that super-fast broadband would allow users to send and receive large amounts of data at much greater speeds.

"Fast and reliable internet access is vital for business and is central to our daily lives," he commented.

"Everyone should have access to this essential tool and we are committed to making sure that those in rural areas and other parts of Surrey where service is patchy are not left behind."

Dr Povey said that poor broadband coverage and slow speeds hold back local businesses and put rural communities at a disadvantage.

The government is in the process of investing £530 million bringing high-speed broadband to areas of the UK countryside.

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