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Super fast fibre broadband coming to West Yorkshire in £200m pilot scheme

County has been chosen as one of six areas to test the service

West Yorkshire has been revealed as one of just six places chosen to test out the fastest and most reliable broadband. Fibre broadband is to be rolled out to businesses, schools and hospitals in a ?200m pilot scheme. The projects will get around ?10 million to test full fibre networks that run straight to the doors of customers’ homes or businesses and is said to offer speeds of 1 gigabyte.

Karen Rukin of Kirklees Council said: “This is great news and a small project team is being established who will work with government to deliver this scheme locally.

“There is still work to do to shape how the scheme will operate exactly in West Yorkshire.”

Kirklees councillor Andrew Cooper, (Greens, Newsome), said: “It’s good that more communities are getting a better broadband service. As local councillors we will be dropping letters informing the householders affected to make sure they don’t lose out.”

Clr Andrew Cooper

Full fibre broadband could potentially allow:

* hospitals to share HD quality graphics of medical scans in seconds to improve diagnosis speeds,

* businesses to reach ever more customers online, increasing transactions by uploading even the largest files quickly and easily

* school classrooms to see a vast increase the number of pupils who can stream educational videos at the same time

The scheme is also being tested in Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire, Somerset and Greater Manchester. Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock MP, said: “We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen.

“To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future.

The announcement is the first step as part of the government’s four-year plan to stimulate the market and encourage the growth of full fibre up and down the country.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones MP, said: “How we live and work today is directly affected by how good our broadband connection is.

Reliable connections enable new industries to flourish, help create jobs and give people flexibility in how and where they work.”

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare backs broadband bill

Simon Hoare MP is backing a new bill that should benefit rural areas including his North Dorset constituency. He praised the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons. During the debate he said small shire districts that areaways seeking to be more efficient would benefit greatly from the bill.

He said: “It will be absolutely crucial for the farmer in my constituency who is trying to buy or sell stock and make their submission to the Rural Payments Agency to have fast, reliable broadband of a speed and regularity of service.”

He said it was also important for delivery services in rural areas that are not particularly well served by rural public transport.

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Mr Hoare also highlighted the advantages for tourism with promotion of hotel and pub rooms, visitor attractions and interactive tourist information centres in areas where local authorities have reduced support and services.

He pointed out the benefits made possible in education and the advantages of receiving faster films and sports coverage.

Mr Hoare suggested to fellow MPs that they “remind ourselves of the most enormous strides made in broadband provision for all our constituents and constituencies, urban and rural.”

MP Ian Liddell-Grainger gives his support to broadband campaign

BRIDGWATER and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger1 has applauded a new campaign aimed at extending super-fast broadband to more of the country – and the countryside in particular. It’s been launched by the consumer magazine Which? under the banner of ‘Fix Bad Broadband’.

And Mr Liddell-Grainger, Conservative2 member for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said he was ‘really thrilled’ to be supporting it when he attended the inauguration this week.

“I am one of many MPs in rural areas who know what a lousy broadband deal so many families are still getting – and how worthless that makes many of the claims the service providers continue to make for the coverage they provide,” he said.

“Unfortunately the way the telecommunications industry is structured makes it very difficult to hold anyone’s feet to the fire.

“The situation really needs a well-coordinated national campaign to highlight not only the difference between urban and rural serve provision but how clunkingly slow broadband speeds are acting like a sheet anchor on thousands of rural businesses.

“Which?

has a most impressive track record of campaign successes and I have every confidence it will soon be notching up another.”

References

  1. ^ Ian Liddell-Grainger (www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk)
  2. ^ Conservative (www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk)