Durham County Council is hoping to attract additional support for the introduction of super-fast broadband.
It has asked people in the Teesdale and Weardale areas of County Durham to complete a survey showing their interest in improving internet connection speeds, the Northern Echo reports.
The council has already secured £13.86 million to upgrade broadband in the area. It hopes to receive an extra £1.53 million through the Community Broadband Fund, if the public survey reveals there is sufficient demand.
Phil Jackman, the council’s head of ICT services, said: "The Digital Durham programme is really picking up pace and super-fast broadband is set to become a reality across the county."
He added: "The more people who get behind this initiative, the more successful it will be."
A number of meetings and drop-in sessions have been arranged at towns and villages throughout the county to discuss the issue.
County Durham is just one of many rural areas in the UK aiming to improve its broadband connection.
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