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Published: 9th Jun 2011

People living in Suffolk with a poor ADSL service may soon be able to access better broadband thanks a new grant.

Suffolk Action with Communities in Rural England (Acre) has received £250,000 of funding from the East of England Development Agency to deliver super-fast broadband services in eastern parts of the county.

Preparations are underway for a tendering process to invite communications providers to bid for the installation work.

It is hoped the changes will be in place and fully operational by the end of 2011.

Dr Wil Gibson, chief executive officer at Suffolk Acre, said: "With the continual erosion of rural services the provision of next-generation broadband is absolutely vital to the future wellbeing and prosperity of rural communities."

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk has so far spent £11 million on improving broadband services for schools in the area.

This latest development may be extra welcome, as the county failed to secure £20 million from the government's Broadband Delivery UK scheme due to a lack of local funding.