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A number of public and private bodies have teamed up to help deliver super-fast broadband to communities in the south of Scotland.

Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders councils, Scottish Enterprise and local NHS boards are involved in the South of Scotland Alliance (SoSA) plan.

The organisations are aiming to deliver faster download speeds to homes and businesses in the region, helping to narrow the digital divide.

SoSA is preparing a bid for government funding as it bids to deliver next-generation broadband technology to the area.

Under current plans, two-thirds of the UK population will have access to 25Mb broadband by 2015.

However, at present, fewer than a quarter of Scottish homes stand to benefit from the rollout of fibre broadband.

Last week, Ofcom reported that just 61 per cent of Scottish households currently subscribe to a broadband deal, some way below the UK average of 74 per cent.

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