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Areas of south Gloucestershire that have campaigned for faster broadband are to have their connection upgraded.

Towns such as Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke and Didmarton will receive a faster internet service after South Gloucestershire Council pledged to cover the gaps left by BT's commercial rollout.

However, the work is not expected to be completed until the end of 2016.

The organisation, which has partnered with Wiltshire Council, will contribute £2.2 million to improving internet connections in the area, the BBC reports.

Local residents who have campaigned for better broadband welcomed the news, but have called for reassurances.

Stephen Horton, who led the campaign in Bradley Stoke, said the announcement was good news, but claimed residents need to know exactly what speeds they will be receiving.

He commented: "Finding out we're within the intervention area is good news I suppose, but there are still other questions to be answered, like are we going to get the super-fast variant?"

An alternative way of improving internet connections in the area is satellite broadband, which can immediately provide speeds of 20 Mbp/s simply by installing a satellite dish and modem.

Posted by Mark Wynn