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York's Superfast Broadband in High Demand

Julian Sturdy

9:43am 12th January 2014
(Updated 10:20am 12th January 2014)

By the end of this year, it's predicted that 90% of North Yorkshire will have high-speed broadband.

But the first phase of the county's superfast broadband roll out has enjoyed such tremendous success, that it's left some more rural areas hanging.

Local communities like Askham Bryan have been highlighted as not yet reaping the benefits of the first-phase roll out, and are in danger of falling victim to a "deepening digital divide."

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy is keen for everyone across the county to feel involved in these exciting new technological developments. He's now called for the second phase funding to be released early, to help areas like Askham Bryan to catch up.

He told Minster FM: "We need to move on with this project, and really get superfast broadband for those communities that arent going to be targeted with the first phase of the money.

"I see the digital divide first hand in my community. I fear that some communites around York will be left behind, because they're too remote to be included in phase one. It's for their benefit that [I'm asking] for the next tranche of funding."

Phase two of the roll out is currently being discussed.

For more information on North Yorkshire's superfast broadband, visit www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com



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