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Surrey County Council has signed a contract with BT which will increase super-fast broadband coverage and boost the local economy by up to £30 million a year.

Under the new agreement, Surrey is set to become the UK's best-connected county, with businesses and households having access to faster downloads and uploads.

Speeds of up to 80Mb will be widely available as BT extends its fibre network, while many customers will have the opportunity of using fibre-to-the-premises on-demand, offering speeds of up to 330Mb.

Surrey County Council has pushed through the rollout deal in order to meet its target of delivering super-fast broadband to 20 per cent of businesses and homes not included in the commercial roll-out.

Up to 90,000 premises are set to gain access to faster speeds as a result of the agreement, meaning almost 100 per cent of homes and businesses will have super-fast broadband access by the end of 2014.

Peter Martin, Deputy Leader at the council, said fibre will be "a great boost" for business, from start-ups in small offices through to multinationals.

"It can be crucial to the continued success of Surrey businesses and a huge attraction to those looking to move in," he stated.

"Fast and reliable web access is essential to our daily lives and by stepping in we're also making sure no Surrey communities are disadvantaged."

Bill Murphy, BT Managing Director for Next Generation Broadband, noted that the project "puts Surrey well ahead of the game".

"It goes further than the government’s national aim for fibre broadband by 2015 and brings the county within a whisker of 100 per cent fibre broadband availability," he stated.

"No other county has announced a scheme matching Surrey’s high-speed broadband coverage."

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