High Speed Broadband for North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire County Council's broadband project to cover more remote areas in the country.
15:21 09 October 2020
North Yorkshire is set to bring even wider superfast broadband coverage to additional remote areas in the country. The council's broadband project, which has already brought high-quality broadband service to around 92per cent of residents, is now moving to phase 4 to increase the coverage to 97per cent.
The County Council's Executive is set to approve funding of £12.5million and award the contract for work by next week.
Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “Access to high-quality broadband is essential to all aspects of modern life across North Yorkshire, from helping our businesses to flourish, to education, health and the routines of everyday life.
“Right now, this is more relevant than ever as more of us need to work, access services or simply keep in touch remotely as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The County Council has always been at the forefront of investing in high-quality broadband, resulting in access being available to the vast majority of residents and businesses in the county. Now we are striving to bring this infrastructure to the remotest areas.
“This new phase will build on our understanding of the needs of residents and businesses at a local level in some of these remote locations, bringing critical broadband infrastructure to these communities.
“It will give people the ability to use existing and future services, such as social, medical and remote care facilities, allowing greater independence as well as enabling communities and businesses to connect and remain competitive, sustainable and prosperous.”