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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:

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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
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