Superfast Broadband For More Of Us In North Yorkshire
10:13am 8th August 2014
The Government’s rollout of superfast broadband has now reached more than 1 million homes and businesses across the UK, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
The £1.7billion nationwide rollout is firmly on track to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by 2017. The rate at which the fibre technology is being rolled out under the programme is rapidly accelerating, with 30,000 to 40,000 premises gaining access every week.
The UK-wide rollout is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing access to superfast broadband in areas the private sector would not otherwise have reached. The current rural programme will deliver returns of £20 for every £1 invested, representing tremendous value for money.
Faster broadband will not only improve profits for UK businesses, but will create an additional 56,000 jobs in the UK by 2024.The work involved in the current roll out is expected to provide a £1.5 billion boost to local economies. By 2024, the government’s current investments in faster broadband will be boosting rural economies by £275 million every month, or around £9 million every day.
Superfast North Yorkshire is at the forefront of the delivery programme. Superfast North Yorkshire was allocated 3% of the national BDUK funding but has delivered more than 10% of the 1million homes and businesses reached by the national programme to date.
This has been achieved by working in close partnership with BT to overcome the many unforeseen obstacles and difficulties encountered in rolling out broadband in England’s largest rural county.
North Yorkshire businesses and residents are also welcoming the delivery of superfast broadband. The rate of adoption of superfast broadband is nearly twice that of the national average with take up exceeding 25% in those areas that have been live with fibre broadband for a year.
Current UK coverage of superfast broadband is the highest of the top 5 European economies and we also lead our European counterparts in terms of take up, competitiveness and pricing. But Government recognises that there is still more to do.
Current plans will ensure superfast speeds for 95% of the UK, but Government firmly believes that its transformation of the digital landscape should reach every area of the UK. Focus is now on the “final 5%” – those areas in the most remote and hardest to reach places in the UK that are not covered by existing plans. £10m has been invested in a series of pilot projects currently under way in 8 locations across the nation to investigate the best way of tackling these areas. The findings will be used to inform future funding bids to ensure everyone benefits from the transformation of the digital landscape currently underway.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“More than a million homes and businesses have now benefitted as a result of Government’s investment in superfast broadband."
“It is totally transforming the way we live and work. You can download feature length films faster, chatting online with family and friends around the world using VOIP is more reliable and households can go online simultaneously without the connection slowing down or dropping out.”
“For Businesses, superfast speeds are boosting profits through increased sales, reduced overheads and accessing markets abroad for the first time.”
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, said:
“The Superfast North Yorkshire programme is making strong progress, bringing high-speed fibre broadband to some of the most challenging areas. The programme shows the power of the public and private sectors working together. BT has brought technical expertise to the table as well as millions of pounds of investment and, if we can go further, we will do so. This exciting technology is providing a major boost for local households and businesses whether they are using it to work more efficiently and find new customers or for online learning and leisure.”
The Superfast North Yorkshire project was the first in the UK to deploy fibre broadband using Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and European Union (ERDF) funds following the signing of a £36.4m contract led by North Yorkshire County Council and BT in July 2012. 
The high-speed network installed by Openreach, BT’s local network business, offers fibre broadband access to all service providers on an open, wholesale basis, which underpins a competitive market and delivers real customer choice for residents and businesses across North Yorkshire.
For further information on the Superfast North Yorkshire programme visit www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com
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