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BT is to supply Northamptonshire with access to superfast broadband over the next four years in a multi-million pound deal.

Under the Superfast Northamptonshire scheme, BT will assist in providing superfast broadband access to 90 per cent of homes in the area by 2017, offering residents and businesses the ability to upgrade to speeds of at least 25Mb.

Furthermore, BT will be responsible for ensuring that every single premises in the area has access to speeds of at least 2Mb by March 2015.

The project will be partly funded by the UK's Broadband Delivery UK office, which is contributing more than four million towards the cost of rolling out broadband; an amount that will be matched by the council, with BT then supplying the remainder, though additional funding is being sought.

Northampton County Council member Andre Gonzalez De Savage said that more than 80,000 homes and businesses in rural areas will benefit from the scheme.

"I'm delighted that our plan to deliver superfast broadband throughout the county has reached this very significant stage," he explained.

"This will have huge advantages for Northamptonshire as it will allow the county to be a strong competitor in the global digital economy and allow everyone to have access to new and improved services that are increasingly available online."

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