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The troubled South Yorkshire Digital Region broadband project has lost another £22 million, it has been reported.

According to the Yorkshire Post, the super-fast fibre scheme - designed to create an alternative to BT's network in the county - more than doubled its losses from the previous year.

In 2010-11, the project - which cost over £100 million of public money - lost £9.2 million, as just £167,000 in revenue was generated.

And a lack of customers has continued to blight the Digital Region initiative, making it difficult to generate a return on investment.

In a joint statement, the four South Yorkshire authorities said they have always been mindful of the cost of the scheme, and taken every step possible to protect taxpayers.

"All stakeholders are confident the project will successfully deliver a market-leading scheme that it vital for South Yorkshire’s future," they stated.

"The objectives - to help individuals and businesses gain access to broadband - fit in perfectly with the government’s agenda to deliver super-fast broadband right across the country.”

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