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Colchester Borough Council has approved a proposal to create a super-fast wireless broadband network in the Essex town.

Under the proposals, Colchester could be transformed into the UK's first 'High Speed Wireless Town', with 11Mb Wi-Fi available to businesses and residents.

Some premises will also gain access to super-fast fibre-optic broadband, which will be capable of delivering up to 50Mb download speeds.

Councillor Nick Barlow, Portfolio Holder for Commerce and Sustainability at the council, said providing users with low-cost digital access will bring a range of benefits to Colchester.

As well as enhanced broadband services, these will include creating safer communities and reducing the need to travel, he stated.

"Successful delivery of the strategy will bring benefits to local businesses and encourage more businesses to relocate into the town, with the potential of creating more jobs," he added.

"A wide variety of sectors including retail, tourism and the creative industries could receive a considerable boost."

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