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Broadband campaigners in north Lancashire are aiming to deliver 100Mb download speeds to a number of rural communities.

Several thousand households could benefit from the Broadband 4 Rural North (B4RN) initiative, which would see symmetric fibre optic broadband deployed in the region.

Arkholme, Wennington, Melling, Wray and Tatham will be among the villages to benefit from 100Mb broadband speeds, should the project go ahead.

B4RN said that in the rural areas around Lancaster, many properties suffer from poor or non-existent broadband services.

"Upgrading the infrastructure is expensive and if things are left to the market this situation is not going to change for the foreseeable future," the business plan statement read.

"If we are to get true high-speed, future-proofed broadband able to deliver at least 100Mb by 2017 and with an upgrade path to 1Gb and beyond, then we will have to take matters into our own hands."

B4RN is a community-owned limited company set up for the purpose of improving broadband services in north Lancashire.

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