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Herefordshire could get a £6 million broadband boost after reports suggested that the local council will be appealing for the sum in its upcoming budget.

According to the Hereford Times, if approved, the funding will match government funds already allocated to the county as part of the Borders Broadband campaign aimed at improving broadband provision in rural areas.

Currently, one in four households in the region do not even have access to 2Mb broadband.

Speaking to the news provider, Councillor Graham Powell, said: "The council’s investment in broadband is an investment in the long term future of Herefordshire.

"Broadband is the 21st century utility that has the ability to improve many facets of our everyday life and businesses need fast broadband to access global markets and global suppliers - it is not acceptable for those who live in our rural communities to be left behind."

The campaign for faster broadband in Herefordshire has involved 70 broadband champions being recruited to spread the word about the benefits of broadband and garner local support.

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