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The village of Ainderby Steeple has become the first site to benefit from the government's rollout of superfast broadband across rural areas of the UK, marking an historic moment for a place that is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

A further 250 homes and businesses in nearby Selby will also have access to superfast connections before Christmas.

Local MP William Hague described the development as a "significant step" for the future of the north Yorkshire village.

"High-speed digital connectivity is an essential requirement for our long-term success," he added.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey also welcomed the move and suggested that it marks the beginning of an important period of growth for the UK's rural areas.

However, some isolated communities may need to look towards satellite broadband as a solution if they are not included in the government's rollout plans.

Chris Conder, one of the founding members of the B4RN rural broadband project in Lancashire, told ZD Net recently that grassroots schemes can reach areas where the coalition cannot go.

Posted by Mark Wynn