A public consultation is set to look into which areas of Greater Manchester could benefit from improved broadband services.
The aim of the process is to identify those regions most in need of increased connectivity and to plan what can be done to boost their internet access.
Stockport Council’s chief executive Eamonn Boylan told local news website Rochdale Online that Greater Manchester aims to be one of the world's top 20 digital cities by 2020.
"Reliable, high-speed broadband access is becoming increasingly important for homes, businesses and public services," he stated.
However, Mr Boylan also warned that the speed and reliability of broadband connections varies greatly throughout the region.
Local residents and businesses are being encouraged to take part in the consultation so the areas most in need of improvements can be identified.
The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities will then ensure these regions are covered when it applies for European and government funding to roll out super-fast connections.
Another way in which residents of the Greater Manchester area can benefit from improved internet access is through satellite broadband, which is available immediately.
Posted by Mark Wynn