High speed broadband on its way to district

TELECOMS giant BT has been revealed as the company chosen to construct a £50m fibre-optic network to provide high-speed broadband to North Yorkshire homes and businesses.

The contract for the Government-funded pilot project –which will bring world class broadband speeds to 90 per cent of county homes and businesses by the end of 2014 – was signed by BT and North Yorkshire County Council on Tuesday.

Ripon and Nidderdale MP Julian Smith, who led the campaign to win pilot status and Government investment for North Yorkshire, said: “This announcement is the modern day equivalent of the coming of the railways or the introduction of canals. The award of this contract marks an exciting moment.”

North Yorkshire is the first county in the UK to deploy Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds, and this latest project takes the total investment in North Yorkshire fibre broadband to around £70m.

It will allow 365,000 premises access to broadband speeds of up to 80 megabytes per second (Mbps)by the end of 2014, with ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 330Mbps deployed in certain areas and made available ‘on demand’ throughout the entire fibre footprint.