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ANGLESEY villages could soon be linked into a pounds 1.4m internet scheme with erection of two communication masts on either side of the island - one at Holyhead the other close to the village of Penmynydd.

Council bosses back the broadband project and have earmarked pounds 300,000 in regeneration money.

Now the completion the ambitious Anglesey Connected initiative depends on the success of a bid for Objectice 1 funding to the Welsh European Funding Office (WWFO). The aim is to have scheme, which is being developed by the council education and leisure department and its information technology section (ICT) underway by next year.

Last night David Gardner, head of ICT services, David Gardner, said: ``The masts will provide high speed broadband access across the island. ``The initial phase will connect all schools and libraries to the network. The next phase will then provide further community access points. It's intended that the development of this ICT backbone will allow further expansion of the business sector in the future.''

Meanwhile the council's executive committee has also earmarked regeneration funding for the second phase of two other key Objective 1 projects - Mn Fenter and Mn Safle, which offers business development grants and new industrial and business premises.

``Both projects have already proved successful and they are now the subject of further funding applications to the WEFO,'' said a council spokesman.
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