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PEOPLE living in rural areas of the city could soon be reaping the benefits of high speed broadband.

Milton Keynes Council this week played host to some big names from across the city representing the business sector.

They all met in the council offices to discuss the future of broadband provision across the borough and how everyone can get the best out of it.

The council has set up a Broadband Stakeholder Action Group and most of the representatives who attended the meeting on Wednesday will sit on the group, which aims to hold its first meeting next month.

Cabinet member responsible for IT services, Councillor David Hopkins, said: “We have the ambition and vision to make Milton Keynes a truly Smart City with world class communications, scalable infrastructure and technology, all of which will underpin strong economic growth, healthy lifestyles and inclusion for all parts of our community.

“Milton Keynes is home to more than 10,000 businesses and every organisation, no matter what its size, has the potential to benefit from advances in technology through the use of Internet based applications and services.”

Key speaker at the meeting was BT’s managing director-Next Generation Access, Bill Murphy.

He spoke about the way forward for broadband provisions and the role of high-speed broadband in improving the private and working lives of people and businesses.

He said: “BT is very willing to make a further major investment in the Milton Keynes area if we can work with the public sector to create the right environment.

”We have already made super-fast broadband available to thousands of homes and businesses, but the full benefits will only be realised if the public and private sectors work together.

“We are a major investor and employer in the Milton Keynes area and have great experience of working in partnership to create networks that are both open to others and sustainable. Highly successful broadband partnerships in Northern Ireland and Cornwall show what can be achieved.”

The meeting saw a critical next step agreed that will seek to promote awareness of the significant advantages Milton Keynes has over other areas in terms of the availability of broadband infrastructure – and the need to encourage greater take up to draw in even more investment in this technology.

The council has worked closely with BT to run the company’s trial, from the city’s Bradwell Abbey Exchange area, to bring high speed broadband through Fibre to the Premises and the implementation of Fibre to the Cabinet in other parts of the urban area.

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