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Church towers are set to be used to help members of rural communities in Somerset and Bath connect to superfast broadband.

The quirky new idea will see the towers be used as fixed wireless points and will reportedly help to plug any gaps in coverage that may occur from the roll-out of government-funded superfast broadband.

It is being piloted by the Diocese of Bath and Wells and internet provider Wild West Net, covering the Wellington and Somerset Levels areas.

Richard Tulloch, from the diocese, said the scheme served to reinforce the church's role as being the centrepiece of the community.

"Our churches exist to serve everyone in the local community and be at the very heart of community life," he added.

"There is no better way to demonstrate this than using our towers - typically the tallest buildings in rural areas - to complement the roll-out of superfast broadband in our county."

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