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Barnsley Council Signs £1 Million Super-fast Broadband Deal

The Barnsley Council has inked a 5 year deal with Digital Region project to bring super-fast 25 Mbps broadband internet to the area.

The broadband contract with Digital Region is worth over £1 million and will is expected to be completed by 2012.

The Barnsley Council is expected to save an estimated £100,000 per year from the deployment of super-fast broadband, which will not only be available in council buildings, but also in local schools.

The Digital Region project is a super-fast broadband scheme focused on South Yorkshire and has members which include Yorkshire Forward, Sheffield Council, Rotherham Council, Doncaster Council and now, Barnsley Council.

David Carr, Chief Executive of Digital Region, said in a statement to the BBC: “Barnsley now has the infrastructure to support a thriving digital economy, which creates employment and enables residents and businesses to benefit from cutting edge services.”

The new deal aims at making super-fast broadband accessible to 97 per cent of homes and businesses in Barnsley by 2012.