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Broadband pledge for most of county

UP TO 90 per cent of residents and businesses across North Yorkshire will be able to get Superfast Broadband by this summer, according to council leaders. More than ?34m has been poured into updating and installing fibre broadband cabinets across the county as part of a major campaign to improve internet connection. The county council say they now have the best track record in broadband delivery in the country after launching Superfast North Yorkshire, to improve reception.

So far 830 broadband cabinets have been installed in towns and villages across North Yorkshire. The authority says the latest one is at Tunstall, near Richmond, where many properties will now be able to get superfast broadband and all should be able to see an increase in speeds. Later this year the next phase of the programme – to take superfast to 95 per cent of premises – is launched which will cost a further ?20m.

The county council is contributing ?12m, along with ?7.5m from the government and ?1m from the European Development Fund. County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for broadband, said: “We have made the most progress of all organisations as part of the Broadband UK programme and have the best track record. It is a top priority to make North Yorkshire an even better place to live and do business.

“The average cost of connecting a property to superfast broadband has increased as we reach more remote, less populated communities. “At the start of the programme in 2012, the cost was almost ?200. That has risen to more than ?600.

Nevertheless, we are committed to helping our most isolated residents and businesses to get a good-quality connection.” Councillor Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council and local member for Tunstall, said: “The residents of Tunstall have recently joined others across the county in being able to benefit from high-speed broadband. This helps individuals as well as business and tourism.

School pupils and students benefit as they regularly use the internet for schoolwork and studies, and there is a health care benefit via tele-medicine. “People should find that they will pay very little extra for a far superior connection. Some will even pay less.”

  • For faster broadband, residents need to contact internet service providers once broadband cabinets are installed.

    For more information visit superfastnorthyorkshire.com[1]

References

  1. ^ superfastnorthyorkshire.com (superfastnorthyorkshire.com)

Broadband connection costs rise

THE COST of connecting properties to superfast broadband in North Yorkshire has trebled as the focus moves to more rural areas, it has been revealed. North Yorkshire County Council said the average cost of connecting properties had risen from ?200 to ?600 since the programme to upgrade the county’s broadband began in 2012. The authority explained the increase through the focus of its broadband programme shifting to more rural areas.

Phase three of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme is due to get underway later this year. The county is aiming to have 95 per cent of properties accessing broadband speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) by 2019. County Coun Don Mackenzie, the county council’s executive member for broadband, said: “We have made the most progress of all organisations as part of the BDUK programme and have the best track record.

“It is a top priority to make North Yorkshire an even better place to live and do business. “The average cost of connecting a property to superfast broadband has increased as we reach more remote, less populated communities. “At the start of the programme in 2012, the cost was almost ?200.

That has risen to more than ?600. “Nevertheless, we are committed to helping our most isolated residents and businesses to get a good-quality connection.” Phase two of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme is due to be completed this summer and will see 90 per cent of premises with access to 25 Mbps speeds at a cost of the ?35.4m shared between the county council, the Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

A further ?20.5m is in place to fund phase three and the county has earmarked ?600,000 to ensure individual properties or businesses are not missed out in the next round of communities that are connected. A county council spokesman said the costs of the programme were always expected to rise in later phases and the increases would not affect the scope or timescale for the plans. Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh recently produced figures showing Yorkshire has the lowest broadband download speed of any English region.

The average download speed in Yorkshire and the Humber is 34.6 Mbps compared to a UK average of 37.8 and a high of 40.6 in the South East. The research showed Penistone and Stocksbridge was the parliamentary constituency with the lowest average download speed at 19.2 Mbps. Ms Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Digital Economy Minister, is campaigning for the Government to raise the minimum speed consumers can demand.

The Government has promised to introduce a “universal service obligation of 10 Mbps by 2020. But Ms Haigh is arguing that broadband standards have already moved to make that target irrelevant and the minumum speed should be set at 30 Mbps. MPs have repeatedly rexpressed criticism at the way the Government has financed the rolling out of superfast broadband across the country.

Concerns have been raised that communications firm BT has dominated the contracts for the work.

North Yorkshire residents can find out when they will be connected to superfast broadband and how to access it when the technical work is complete at , www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com.

Tunstall gets superfast broadband thanks to council scheme

Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Cllr Carl Les, local member and leader of North Yorkshire County Council, with Susan Hargadon, a member of SFNY’s demand stimulation team, in Tunstall.

More and more Richmondshire communities are benefiting from faster broadband, says North Yorkshire County Council. Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY), the programme set up by the authority, will complete phase two of its programme to improve the county’s internet speeds this summer. By then it will have installed 830 fibre broadband cabinets in towns and villages across the county and up to 90 per cent of premises will have access to superfast broadband speeds of 25Mbps.

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This is the result of an investment of ?34.5m from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the County Council. One of the communities to benefit recently from the upgrade is Tunstall, near Catterick Catterick, where many properties can now access superfast broadband and all will be able to see an increase in speed.

Later this year, phase three of the programme will begin to take coverage up to 95 per cent by 2019. Funding of ?20.5m is in place for this, comprising just over ?12m from the County Council, ?7.3m from BDUK and ?1m from the ERDF. The County Council has put aside a further ?682,000 to target communities where there are anomalies in coverage once it is known where the phase three work will take place.

This will be decided when SFNY has completed the procurement process to find a technology partner for this contract. County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Broadband, said: “We have made the most progress of all organisations as part of the BDUK programme and have the best track record. It is a top priority to make North Yorkshire an even better place to live and do business.

“The average cost of connecting a property to superfast broadband has increased as we reach more remote, less populated communities. At the start of the programme in 2012, the cost was almost ?200. That has risen to more than ?600. Nevertheless, we are committed to helping our most isolated residents and businesses to get a good-quality connection.”

County Councillor Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council and local member for Tunstall, said: “The residents of Tunstall have recently joined others across the county in being able to benefit from high-speed broadband.

This helps individuals as well as business and tourism. School pupils and students benefit as they regularly use the internet for schoolwork and studies, and there is a health care benefit via tele-medicine.”

Once high-speed fibre optic broadband is brought to a community, residents need to contact an internet service provider if they want to get faster broadband. The SFNY website, www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com1, provides further information and suggests comparison websites to help people find a provider. SFNY can also be contacted at Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme Tunstall Gets Superfast Broadband Thanks To Council Scheme

References

  1. ^ www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com (www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk)
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