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A scheme being trialled in Scotland to extend broadband access to all parts of the country could help the rest of the UK get everybody online.
The Broadband Reach Project, an initiative by the Scottish Parliament to take high speed broadband into so-called black spots, has offered a £3.5 million contract to the firm which offers the best proposal to reach distant regions.
And Enterprise minister Jim Mather, told Computer Weekly that a similar scheme could help other regions of the UK.
The benefit of helping people get onto broadband has been calculated as adding between £2 billion and £6 billion to the Scottish economy.
About 3,000 people registered with the scheme, stating that they could not get access to broadband.
Mr Mather also said that cooperation could help increase the spread of broadband and noted the importance of focusing on certain regions.
He said: "By targeting specific areas, you actually improve broadband access faster."
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