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£1 Million for Faster Broadband for York Businesses


12:06am 7th December 2013

A broadband connection voucher scheme is being launched in York early next year to provide Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs up to 250 employees) better quality, high speed broadband.

Funded through Government’s ‘Super Connected Cities’ programme and City of York Council, the vouchers will provide assistance of up to £3,000 per business for SMEs seeking faster and better broadband (of at least 30 Mbits) to support them in growing their business.

The York voucher scheme is just one element in York’s strategy to become the best connected digital city of its size in the UK. The city launched the world’s first city tour application which uses ‘hologram tourist guides’ for visitors and proposals are well advanced to provide wi-fi in the city centre during the first half of 2014. 

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The broadband market is moving at an incredible pace. Today, businesses expect and demand faster and faster broadband to compete in the global race. Connection vouchers will be an important tool for cities in helping to address that demand, and Government has now allocated up to £100 million to  provide a digital boost to superconnected cities like York”.

James Alexander, leader of the Council said “We are committed to supporting the creation of jobs and growing Yorks economy. A key part of this is enabling our businesses to thrive by ensuring we have the right infrastructure - such as city centre wi-fi - to compete in an increasingly competitive global market. I'm pleased to see Govermment supporting this programme of work.

"We recognise that some of our smaller businesses also need support in digital set up costs to give them access to faster and better broadband speeds - a key ingredient for business success.  Our York voucher scheme, initially worth £1m, will provide this support".

The Government’s announcement in December 2012 saw York become one of 12 cities across the UK to achieve SCC status. The council is using this funding to enhance citywide digital connectivity across a range of exciting and innovative projects, accelerating York’s programme of work to become the most digitally connected city in Europe by 2015. 

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