Internet boost for villages

HOMES and businesses in and around Great and Little Ouseburn are about to benefit from high speed internet access.

The high speed internet connection will be made possible through a Connecting North Yorkshire initiative, which will enable individuals and businesses to access high speed broadband utilising a fibre hub to transmit wirelessly to surrounding communities.

David Burton, one of the community champions for the Great Ouseburn Connecting North Yorkshire project, was featured in the Gazette in April collecting signatures to show potential service providers that demand for improved internet access exisited in the communities.

He said: “This is wonderful news. The availability of high speed broadband will enhance the personal and business lives of people within our communities who currently suffer from poor broadband services.

“We are grateful for the hard work of a lot of people that has enabled this to happen.”

Connecting North Yorkshire (CNY) is an initiative led by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and its partners NYnet and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

CNY has been awarded £17.8m by BDUK – a Government organisation tasked with ensuring that 90 per cent of the UK can receive high quality broadband access by 2015 and 100 per cent by 2017.

County Coun Carl Les, chairman of Connecting North Yorkshire, said: “To date NYnet and NYCC have developed seven small community based schemes in areas where it is not commercially viable – the broadband ‘not spots’ – using funds from NYCC and the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

“The good news is that the funding for the Great Ouseburn area project is coming from the Performance Reward Grant (PRG), which is money North Yorkshire received for exceeding its targets set by Government across public services.

“It is anticipated further communities will be able to bid for this money as we seek to add at least another dozen schemes to our already impressive list as an early win for CNY”.

The internet service partner for the Great Ouseburn area will be LN Communications Ltd, a wireless service provider which has already enabled several community networks in North Yorkshire and East Riding.

Each potential local network provided through the PRG project requires a commitment from at least 50 premises in a current broadband ‘not spot’ to be considered for a grant – and so far more than 100 in the Great Ouseburn area have expressed interest in joining the scheme.

Schemes can also be set up without a grant if demand in an area is high enough.

l Residents can register their interest in being part of the new broadband scheme by completing the ‘demand map’ at www.northyorks.gov.uk/broadbandsurvey