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2 June 2013, 06:00
Parts of East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Fenland and Peterborough could have quicker internet access by December.
Cambridgeshire County Council is working with BT to install superfast broadband across the whole county by the end of 2015.
Parts of the four areas [see map] are under consideration for the first stage of the roll-out.
According to The County Council, 'This is subject to survey work over the coming months and will be updated as the programme progresses to include subsequent phases of the roll-out plan.'
It's hoped the first homes, likely to be in these areas, will be connected to the new superfast fibre-optic network by the end of this year.
The remaining parts of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will then follow.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "It's great news that the roll-out of better broadband is on its way and we're on track for work to begin by the end of the year so we can reach every community in Cambridgeshire by the end of 2015.
Some areas will benefit sooner than others and no-one wants to be last on the list for the roll-out, but the important thing is that we are getting on with this now.
Without this intervention, around a third of premises across the county would not be able to receive superfast broadband.
Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "To be in the position where we are now planning the roll-out of superfast broadband is great news for Peterborough businesses and residents.
Improving the City's infrastructure is vital to drive economic growth, build connected communities and make it easier for people to access public services."