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500,000 Midlands homes and businesses helped by Broadband

Almost 500,000 homes and businesses in the Midlands have been helped by the rollout of superfast broadband Credit: PA

Almost 500,000 homes and businesses in the Midlands have been helped by the rollout of superfast broadband, according to new Government figures.

It also suggested that more than 6500 businesses in the regions have had their broadband speed boosted via the connection voucher scheme.

The plan is to deliver superfast access - with internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps - to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks.

The Government wants 95% of the East and West regions covered by 2017.