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Residents and businesses in the Peak District are being urged to register their interest in getting better broadband internet coverage for the area.

The national park authority said it is keen to support local councils who are working to get broadband access improved in the area.

Coun Tony Favell, chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We know that getting good broadband access is one of the top priorities for local residents and businesses which is why it is also a high priority action in our new National Park Management Plan.

“Having good broadband access will boost efforts to create more local jobs and also make lives easier for the 38,000 national park residents and the millions who visit tourist accommodation in the area each year.

“The councils all need local people and businesses to register their need for better broadband so they can demonstrate this to potential suppliers and investors. I would urge everyone to do this because it could make a really significant impact on the future prospects for job growth opportunities.”

To register interest in better internet, residents and businesses must complete a survey which is being run by Derbyshire County Council.

Plans to improve internet access in the Peak District follow the £90 million investment in broadband through the South Yorkshire Digital Region project. There have also been a series of network improvements by providers BT and Virgin in the Sheffield area.

■ Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery_funding/community_broadband/default.asp?VD=digitalderbyshire or call 01629 580000 for a copy of the survey.

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