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Chancellor: My ambition is for the UK to be a world leader in 5G

The Chancellor has promised to invest over £1 billion pounds in the country's digital infrastructure.

In his Autumn Statement, Phillip Hammond pledged to sustain the effort to rollout faster broadband.

If it goes ahead, it will be welcome news for the West Country - where many homes, businesses and whole communities face daily frustrations from a lack of a decent internet connection

The news was welcomed by MPs from across the region:


Rural villages in the Cotswolds will be connected to ultra-fast broadband

A Gloucestershire MP has welcomed the news more villages in the Cotswolds will be connected to ultra-fast broadband.

Under the deal, contractors Gigaclear will provide connections to around six and a half thousand extra customers in hard-to-reach areas such as Chedworth.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative MP for The Cotswolds, says the £3million investment will benefit thousands of homes.


Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

Newton Abbott gets superfast broadband

Newton Abbott will be the latest town in Devon to benefit from the arrival of superfast broadband today.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller will be watching the latest connection in the town as part of the multi-million pound programme to improve internet access across Devon and Somerset.

Last week the government announced it was providing an extra £22.75 million to help the project reach some of the area's most challenging locations.

Newton Abbott will be the latest town in Devon to benefit from the arrival of superfast broadband. Credit: PA

£4.8m broadband upgrade for Bristol businesses

Small businesses can get up to £3,000 to connect to high-speed broadband Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Bristol is to receive £4.8 million to help small and medium sized businesses upgrade to a high speed, high grade, broadband connection. It's the city's share of a £100m connection voucher scheme announced by the government.

Connection Vouchers cover the upfront capital cost of broadband installation up to the value of £3,000. Bristol businesses are eligible to apply if they have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m. Further details here.

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Superfast broadband for Isles of Scilly

Engineers laying superfast broadband cables in Cornwall. Credit: ITV News West Country

An ambitious scheme to provide superfast Broadband for the Isles of Scilly has been unveiled by BT.

It's expected that the first customers will be connected during the first half of 2014.

A cable ship is due to spend about a month later this year cutting and moving two cables, which had previously been used for communications between the UK and Ireland and Spain, and connecting them to the islands.

It's expected to cost more than three million pounds and will provide the islanders with some of the fastest internet connections in the country.

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