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Less than six months on from the collapse of the white elephant Digital Region network, South Yorkshire could be set for a fibre broadband boost.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed a new £10 million scheme to deliver super-fast coverage across the county, in a bid to ensure 90 per cent of premises can access fibre services.

More than £100 million in funding was ploughed into South Yorkshire's Digital Region network between 2008 and 2013, however subscriber numbers failed to reach anywhere near the expected levels.

When, in August 2013, the decision was taken to close the network, the infrastructure scheme was losing around £1 million per month.

A spokesperson for DCMS told the Yorkshire Post that Broadband Delivery UK is now ready to take a project forward in conjunction with the local authorities in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

"BDUK has earmarked funding for a South Yorkshire project - as for the rest of the country, we would expect that BDUK would provide 50 per cent of the necessary public funding and that local funding - including the option of European funding sources – would provide the other 50 per cent," the representative stated.

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