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MORPETH residents are the latest to benefit from the next phase of BT’s roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband.

Around 22,000 businesses and households in the Northumberland town as well as in Bishop Auckland will be able to access broadband speeds of up to 40Mb/s by spring 2012. The announcement follows last month’s news that, for the first time, BT would include a number of rural market towns in the next phase of its £2.5billion fibre broadband roll-out – part of its commitment to deliver faster broadband speeds to more rural parts of the country.

It will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.

Chris Sayers, BT’s regional director for the North East, said: “This latest investment in super-fast broadband is great news for many homes and businesses in Morpeth and Bishop Auckland.

“It has huge implications for the way we live, learn and do business, with massive opportunities for entertainment, education and entrepreneurs. People in these communities will soon be able to experience the internet as they’ve never seen it before.”

BT’s local network business Openreach is keen to hold discussions with local councils to see if an agreement can be reached to include the minority of premises that will not initially benefit.