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Government funding will help provide businesses and residents in Rutland with access to super-fast broadband services, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, the rural county has been allocated £710,000 by Broadband Delivery UK, in a bid to roll out fibre broadband services by 2013.

Some 99 per cent of premises across the county should be able to take advantage of improved access to the internet.

Terry King, Deputy Leader of Rutland County Council, said the local authority had been working on the broadband funding application for some time.

He said it was "fantastic news for the county" that the government will help to provide access to fibre broadband services.

"A substantial amount of work has already taken place and we're now in the final stages of appointing a preferred partner to work with us," Councillor King stated.

"This partnership is essential as broadband technology is a high-tech area and you need to have a considerable amount of expertise on board to make a project of this nature successful."

Broadband Delivery UK recently divided the government's £530 million rural broadband fund between county councils across the country.

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