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Superfast Broadband For Selby.

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6:01am 17th December 2012

Superfast Broadband is coming to Selby before Christmas.

Its the start of the roll out of "Superfast North Yorkshire" which will see speeds of up to 80 mega bits per second.

The Government is investing £530 million to help take it to rural areas and a further £150m for ultrafast urban broadband schemes,

Ainderby Steeple became the first community to benefit from the multi million pound Superfast North Yorkshire project as high-speed fibre broadband arrived in the village three months ahead of schedule.

            The ancient village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, is to be joined by a further 250 homes and businesses in Selby[i] who will also have access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps[ii] before Christmas say BT.

            Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and BT, builds on BT’s own commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the county so that 90 per cent of North Yorkshire’s homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2014, say BT. They add that Ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 330Mbps will be available ‘on demand’ wherever fibre broadband has been deployed if North Yorkshire businesses want to upgrade to even faster speeds[iii].        

            Local MP, the Rt Hon William Hague said: “This is a significant step for Ainderby Steeple. High-speed digital connectivity is an essential requirement for our long-term success. At a time when our local economy needs every possible boost important developments such as the Superfast North Yorkshire programme’s investment in super fast broadband offers the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth.”

            Communications Minister Ed Vaizey MP, who was in Ainderby Steeple to celebrate the milestone today said: “This is a landmark moment for not only North Yorkshire, but for rural areas around UK, as the nation-wide roll-out of superfast broadband begins. High-speed broadband connectivity will provide a major boost to local economies, helping create the right conditions for growth, and it’s fitting that the first village to benefit from the Government’s £530m rural broadband scheme is located in the country’s largest rural county."

            BT say "The majority of premises in North Yorkshire will be getting access to some of the best broadband speeds in the country via Superfast North Yorkshire and BT’s associated commercial roll-out. The high speed service will boost the competitiveness of local firms and offer new ways of flexible working, entertainment and learning opportunities for local residents.  Fibre broadband gives users the ability to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time such as sending and receiving large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently, accessing school homework networks, watching catch up TV and learning at home via educational websites."

           They add that "BT was chosen as the private sector partner in the project following an extensive selection process by the county council. The company is contributing £10 million towards fibre deployment in “non-commercial” areas whilst the county council is using its £17.8 million share of BDUK funds and a further £8.6 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund.[iv]"

Councillor Carl Les, chairman of Superfast North Yorkshire, said: “It is great news that we have been able to bring fibre broadband to Ainderby Steeple ahead of schedule. The arrival of this exciting technology is a major step forward for this community.

“It offers major benefits for households and businesses. Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre broadband. It’s great for education, business, shopping, entertainment as well the social networking we now carry out routinely online.”

Mike Galvin, managing director of Network Investment for BT’s local network business, Openreach, said: “This investment in fibre broadband will boost the local economy and help to create or protect local jobs both in communities like Ainderby Steeple and across the whole of North Yorkshire.

“It will be of enormous benefit to local businesses which can use the faster speeds to improve their competitiveness both within the UK and abroad.”

BT say, at home, fibre broadband enables a family to simultaneously download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the internet and play games online all at the same time. Adding that a whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.

            David Kerfoot, Deputy Chair of York and North Yorkshire LEP, said: "The local community welcomes the introduction of fibre broadband. As both a resident of the village and Deputy Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, I fully appreciate the enormous opportunity this will provide to the community to access all the benefits of a fast and reliable internet connection. "

            BT say their network is open to all service providers on an equal wholesale basis and so North Yorkshire consumers and businesses will benefit from a highly competitive market.

Further details and postcode checks are now available at www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com

[i]. Selby exchange is already upgraded to fibre however these additional premises were not included in the initial commercial roll out. Postcode checks can be done at www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com


[ii] 80Mbps and 330Mbps are wholesale speeds. ISPs may use different speeds in their advertising. Individual line speeds will depend on network infrastructure and the service chosen by the ISP


[iii]Openreach plans to commercially launch FTTP (fibre to the premises) on demand during Spring 2013 and will levy  installation and distance-based construction charges for this service. It will be up to service providers to then decide whether they pass that onto businesses or consumers wishing to take advantage of the product.


[iv] The Superfast North Yorkshire project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

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