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The government has approved a major broadband infrastructure project in Staffordshire, which is set to deliver super-fast services in Burton upon Trent.

After the county council committed £7.5 million to the rollout of fibre broadband, the government has agreed to match the funding.

As reported by the Burton Mail, a survey will now be carried out to pinpoint the areas of greatest demand for fibre broadband services.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Assets and Environment at the council, said nine out of ten Staffordshire properties will gain access to improved broadband by 2015.

"Government approval of our broadband project plan is a significant milestone as it means we can really get going," he stated.

"In other areas projects may still be looking at funding sources in order to unlock the government support - but in Staffordshire we felt it was vital to commit ourselves to making this investment."

Mr Winnington said super-fast broadband is "vital infrastructure" which enables people to have access to the business, education, health and leisure they need for everyday living.

The investment will see "positive long- term returns" for Staffordshire people and improve the county's economic prosperity, he added.

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