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Rural communities set for broadband boost

The new broadband should help improve speeds in rural areas Credit: ITV News

The first phase of a multimillion pound fibre broadband project gets underway in Northumberland this morning.

Thousands of homes and businesses across the county are to benefit from faster internet.

The project hopes that the new technology will help the county's rural communities have access to the same broadband speeds as more urban areas.

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Full Report: Pressure from rural communities for better broadband

For many who live in rural communities, the age of the information superhighway where fibre-optic cabling and computers allow us to communicate and transfer data at the click of a mouse is far from the case.

Many organisations say their businesses and communities are suffering and are putting pressure on the Government to roll out the national programme of high speed connection further and faster.

You can watch the full report from Andy Burn below.

Consumers left confused by bundle deals

A new report by Freeview, HomePhone and Broadband suggests that people are being offered deals, only to have the full extent of the terms and conditions clicks away from the original offer page.

Deals such as '6 months half price' capture customers attention to sign up, but without properly reviewing the small print, some are left paying more than first thought.

The study also suggests that nearly half of consumers find themselves with far higher bills than they were expecting.

Aside from cost, length of contract and exactly what the deal includes has also left customers in the dark.

Over a third said they rarely watch any of the TV channels they pay for and over half of respondents don't know how long their current agreement lasts.

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Full Report: Superfast broadband for region

Thousands more people will be soon be able to use the internet at superfast speeds, after BT announced that it is going to install fibre optic cables in twelve communities.

More than 100,000 people will benefit, but as our Business Correspondent Ben Chapman reports, the region itself might be the biggest winner of all.

Watch his full report below.

Broadband investment for the North East

BT are investing in fibre broadband for 12 North East communities, a spokesperson said fast communications are vital.

"Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs. This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms."

– Farooq Hakim, BT's North East regional director
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