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The Digital Derbyshire campaign to upgrade broadband speeds in the county needs the help of residents and businesses as it gathers pace.

Over 6,500 people helped Derbyshire County Council secure £7.39m from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme by completing a survey following the launch of its Digital Derbyshire campaign.

The council has committed over £1m and has underwritten the remaining match funding to ensure at least £14.78m will be spent across the county on improvements by 2015.

Over the next three years Digital Derbyshire aims to make superfast broadband (up to 30mbs) accessible to 90 per cent, with a minimum of 2mbs available to the remaining ten per cent.

A private sector partner is needed to invest in and deliver the ambitious programme, and Digital Derbyshire must demonstrate a demand for better broadband – both from households and businesses.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We know there is a real hunger for better broadband in Derbyshire and have made it one of our priorities to deliver it.”

He was grateful to the thousands who had already supported the campaign, but added:

“Now we need their help, and that of as many others as possible, to attract a private sector partner – the greater demand we can show for better broadband in Derbyshire, the more investment we will attract.”

lTo support the campaign, complete an on-line form at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/digitalderbyshire. Computers are free to use at Derbyshire County Council libraries.