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Plans to introduce super-fast broadband throughout the Isle of Wight are set to go ahead.

The development had looked in doubt due to an issue between the government and the EU over funding. However, this has now been resolved and the project will receive a £3 million government investment.

A further £3 million will be provided by the Isle of Wight Council, which aims to bring high-speed internet to the entire island and not just its major settlements.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member George Brown said: "We recognise the huge benefits super-fast broadband will bring and are delighted to be able to start work on this important project."

He added that a high-speed internet connection will boost the island's economy and attract inward investment.

The formal process to choose a contractor to carry out the project began this week. The successful company will be announced in September and installation is expected to start in spring next year.

Posted by Mark Wynn