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Rural communities struggling to access the same level of internet service as their urban counterparts should consider satellite broadband as an option, iNorthumberland programme director Stephen Gray has intimated.

Mr Gray noted that these services have a number of benefits compared to their fibre-based rivals, especially when it comes to rural or isolated areas, reports the Morpeth Herald.

"Satellite broadband technology is improving rapidly so we are looking at a couple of schemes to encourage these operators to get involved with our project," he explained.

He added that the group would be likely to service Northumberland with a combination of fibre and satellite, ensuring that as many communities as possible are given reliable and speedy access to the web.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who chairs the iNorthumberland Broadband Advisory Group, recently told cabinet member responsible for broadband Maria Miller that the uniquely challenging geography of the area makes improving levels of broadband access especially difficult.

Posted by Mark Wynn