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Broadband stakeholders in Rutland still have a number of days to respond to a consultation document published by the local authority.

Rutland County Council is seeking responses to the document, which sets out its strategy for bringing next-generation broadband to the area, by Friday December 2nd.

The Digital Rutland project forms part the council's strategy to improve broadband connectivity and the speed of deployment throughout the county.

It is designed to encourage take-up and usage of higher speed broadband, which the council believes is "fundamental to stimulating and supporting economic growth and sustainability".

The consultation document provides an overview of the Digital Rutland project and sets its objectives against the wider context of broadband and next-generation initiatives, policies and frameworks within the UK and Europe.

Rutland County Council claimed the project will provide "substantial social and economic benefits" to the area, increasing its competitiveness and reducing regional disparities.

"The project will maximise the potential environmental benefits of advanced ICT and next-generation broadband," the authority said.

"It will reduce transport journeys that detrimentally affect the environment, thereby reducing pollution and congestion, which are key aims of the European Commission."

The council said next-generation broadband will enable more efficient use of buildings, such as workplaces and homes, and reduce energy consumption. 

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