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.
Getting more pensioners using the internet could solve the growing problem of loneliness according to a new report. The think tank Policy Exchange found that one in ten over-65s regularly go a month without seeing anyone socially, yet 40% don't have any access to the internet at home.
In the West the organisation UK Online has over a hundred centres where people can learn to use the internet, and the charity Age UK runs classes in Bristol, Thornbury, Gloucester and Taunton. David Wood reports on what's being done to help older people get connected.
Rural areas in the South West could miss out on having faster internet access by 2015, despite government plans. The Country Land and Business Association says the process of providing broadband is too bureaucratic and the funding is too slow
Bristol is one of 10 cities chosen by the Chancellor to get super-fast broadband. He says it means the city will have some of the fastest speeds in the world.