HEREFORDSHIRE Council has agreed to enter “final negotiations” with a broadband supplier in a bid to boost coverage across the county.

But despite yesterday’s cabinet agreement, which authority bosses hope will rid Herefordshire of its chronic internet access problems, the public are still no closer to finding out who the provider is.

Contract details were discussed by members in private session before agreement was taken for the council to pledge a further £4.1 million to the project to match funding by BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK).

Herefordshire was one of four areas chosen for the scheme - known as the Borders Broadband project - which is a pilot aimed at addressing coverage in remote rural areas.

Councillor Graham Powell, who has spearheaded the project, said: “The solution that we deliver today has to be a network that will stand the test of time.

“Herefordshire is the most difficult place in the country to deliver this.”