Residents of east Cleveland have been urged to show their support for improved broadband services.
Redcar and Cleveland Council is hoping to win £300,000 in government funding to rollout faster connections in the area and wants local people to fill out a form to demonstrate there is a good level of demand for the work.
Christopher Massey, the council's cabinet member for environment and rural affairs, commented: "Fast and reliable broadband is becoming a necessity for everyday life.
"It drives businesses, helps students with their education and underpins so many other services that rural communities could be missing out on."
He claimed that in some areas, such as Moorsholm, three-quarters of people have expressed support for the improvements, but in other locations public demand is less evident.
Letters will be spent to households throughout east Cleveland in September and the councillor has urged people to fill in the attached forms and return them.
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Posted by Mark Wynn