‘Ultrafast’ broadband deal for city is agreed

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AN INTERNET provider has announced a deal to invest £40m to boost broadband connections in Leeds.

Virgin Media says 11,000 homes in Middleton will be the first area of the city to benefit as the network has been completed there.

However it is set to be extended across the city and surrounding areas with an LS postcode.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media chief executive officer praised the role of Leeds City Council in cutting red tape to allow the work to take place.

He said: “Local authorities have an important role in getting ultrafast broadband to more people, more quickly. Virgin Media is investing £3bn to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure. We need more local authorities, like Leeds City Council, to work with us to cut the red tape and secure investment for their residents.”

Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “I am delighted that we have secured this investment for the residents of Leeds.

“Access to high speed broadband is the cornerstone of a thriving local economy helping residents connect and businesses to grow.”

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