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Redcar and Cleveland Council seeks rural broadband cash
Council chiefs in Redcar and Cleveland are applying for broadband funding.Redcar and Cleveland Council is attempting to improve broadband connectivity in the area by putting in a bid for £300,000 of government funding.
The cash, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' £20 million Rural Community Broadband Fund, is only available to locations struggling with poor or non-existent internet access.
To demonstrate that the money is needed, the council is urging local residents to register their support and prove that demand exists for faster broadband - although by doing so, people do not have to commit to sign up for the service if it becomes available.
According to the Gazette, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs Christopher Massey explained that fast, reliable broadband has become "a necessity" to people from all walks of life.
"It drives businesses, helps students with their education and underpins so many other services that rural communities could be missing out on," he commented.