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E-business: Minister launches new broadband initiative.

Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael has launched a new initiative which aims to bring broadband internet to more remote communities.

Supported by the Government, industry and the co-operative movement, the Community Broadband Network (CBN) has been set up to help communities get access to affordable broadband -including creating their own services -using social enterprise models.

It was launched at the recent Access to Broadband Campaign Conference.

In a video presentation to the conference the Minister said: 'I am delighted to be able announce the launch of the Community Broadband Network.

The idea for CBN was initiated by E-Commerce Minister, Stephen Timms.

CBN's first job is to organise an expert panel to support community initiatives.

Based on the successful Direct Support system for UK-Online Centres, the first meeting of experts and mentors attracted 50 people to the DEFRA conference centre in Warwickshire. CBN Manager Malcolm Corbett said: 'Whether communities are aiming to meet challenging BT trigger levels, or planning their own alternative services, we are putting in place the know-how to help.'

CBN partner ruralnetuk developed the DirectSupport system.
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