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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.

Internet helps pensioners conquer loneliness

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.

For more information about your local Age UK services click on the links below: