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North Wales could be set to benefit from a £56 million investment in full-fibre broadband.

The money would come from the proposed £383.4 million North Wales Growth Bid and would be invested over a five to 15-year period, the Daily Post reports.

If this comes to pass, it would mean people in North Wales would be able to access Gigabit speeds, which would represent a significant economic boost to the region.

Colin Everett, Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council, commented: "North Wales has lagged behind the rest of the UK for many years in terms of coverage and capacity. 

"With the emergence of commercially available fibre optic technology towards the end of the 20th century, the widening of the digital divide now has the potential to increase even further, which is why this programme is so important."

Mr Everett noted that businesses consulted as part of the wider North Wales Growth Vision have cited digital connectivity as its single most important aspect.

This, he said, means it is "crucial" that work commences to deliver better infrastructure, as this would support industry and make the region more attractive to new businesses.

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