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Service provider BT is set to undertake the rollout of super-fast broadband in rural Somerset, it has been reported.

Somerset County Council has announced the telecoms giant as its preferred supplier for the £52 million public-funded project, reports the BBC.

BT beat off competition from one other infrastructure provider to win the contract.

As such, the firm will be charged with delivering super-fast broadband access to 85 per cent of Somerset homes and businesses by 2015.

This will help the county meet the government's targets for broadband connectivity for the current parliamentary term.

The BT deal is subject to due diligence, but it is expected the contract will be signed by the end of 2012, allowing the parties to move ahead with the project.

Back in August 2011, Devon and Somerset were jointly awarded £31.32 million of the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund, to ensure homes and businesses in remote areas are able to access faster internet services.

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