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A £60 million project to boost broadband access in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be carried out by BT, it has been confirmed.

Under the terms of the contract, the communications provider will boost superfast broadband access across the region significantly over the next three years in a bid to make speeds of at least 24Mb available to 90 per cent of premises by 2016.

Furthermore, BT intends to provide every single premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with 2Mb broadband by the same date.

It is part of the Connecting Cambridgeshire initiative, which is partly funded by Cambridgeshire County Council (which has invested £20 million), Peterborough City Council (£3 million) and Broadband Delivery UK (almost £7 million), with BT matching the total of these three contributions.

Nick Clarke, Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, said the local authority is making a "significant" investment at a time when public finances are under pressure.

"This is the right thing to do for the people and businesses of Cambridgeshire – for now and in the long term. Investing in better broadband is vital to driving local economic growth and building thriving, connected communities across our county," he explained.

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