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Homes and businesses in rural parts of north Lancashire could be set to receive access to hyper-fast broadband services, it has been reported.

According to ISPreview.co.uk, the Broadband 4 Rural North (B4RN) scheme - which aims to deliver 1Gb broadband to countryside homes - could become operational this month.

The news provider said the non-profit project has easily surpassed its first funding target, meaning the first deployment could take place in March 2012.

In a recent newsletter, B4RN urged homeowners to start thinking about where their properties could be connected to the fibre network.

"How do you want the fibre routing? Where are your buried utilities? Do you know where your septic tank is? All this information needs to be logged and the routes finalised," the broadband group stated.

"We have equipment to go under any surface, cobbles, flags, concrete or tarmac, so minimal disturbance for landscaping. We can do aerial or we can bury the ducting in your garden."

Broadband speeds of 1Gbps far exceed those offered by major telecoms firms Virgin Media and BT in the UK at present.

Virgin Media is in the processes of upgrading its network to support 120Mb services, while BT hopes to achieve 300Mb broadband later this year.

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