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The controversial Digital Region broadband network in South Yorkshire is continuing to haemorrhage money, it has been revealed.

Losses of more than £9.2 million were reported by the scheme - which cost an initial £100 million to set up - in 2011.

In the same year, just £167,000 was generated in turnover.

Concerns have been raised repeatedly about the viability of the project, which is designed to link up Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster using super-fast fibre broadband.

A lack of interest in the Digital Region network from the major broadband providers has led to fears that the project could collapse altogether, particularly in light of growing competition from BT.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Thea Stein, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Forward, said Digital Region might need more money from the public purse.

"Clearly the discussion has been had with central government, as all Yorkshire Forward's funding ultimately comes through them," he stated.

"We are committed to seeing Digital Region flourish, but like all start-up businesses it needs support."

With the coalition having scrapped regional development agencies, Yorkshire Forward is due to close in spring 2012. 

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