High speed broadband for town

Rural broadband
Rural broadband

Pateley Bridge is one of 34 communities set to benefit from the expansion of high-speed fibre broadband across rural areas in North Yorkshire.

The town will get its own exchange by Autumn 2013 at the latest, something BT said would not have happened commercially.

The exchange will be created thanks to the Superfast North Yorkshire partnership between the county council and BT which aims to give access to fibre broadband to 90 per cent of North Yorkshire’s businesses by the end of 2014.

County councillor Carl Les, Chairman of Superfast North Yorkshire, said: “Investment in fibre and faster broadband speeds will be a key part of our economic revival.

“Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community,

“This technology will transform online education, training, leisure and local firms.”

The Dales Business Forum’s chairman, Colin Bailey said: “Dales businesses are often perceived as quite traditional but we want to ensure that they are making full use of the technology that is available.”

Julian Smith MP for Skipton and Ripon has spoken out in the past about the benefits of superfast broadband on the rural economy.

BT is contributing £10m towards fibre deployment in non-commercial areas while the council is using its £17.8m share of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds and a further £8.6m from the European Regional Development Fund for the scheme.

Aspokesperson from BT explained not all households in the exchange areas will be able to access fibre-bases broadband.

She said: “Most people will have the high-speed access, however some people on the outskirts of the exchange areas may not have access.

“But we will review the situation and look at different solutions and new technologies.”

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