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Calls For Early Release Of Funds For Superfast Broadband In North Yorkshire

Rural Broadband -March 2013

8:21am 10th January 2014

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy, has called on the government to release further funding for the superfast broadband roll out in North Yorkshire.

Mr Sturdy, says that in light of the success and speed of the local roll out and the fact that it may be put on hold in North Yorkshire if it has to wait for the rest of the country to catch up, Mr Sturdy called on the Broadband Minister, Ed Vaizey to release the region's allocation of the next tranche of government funding early so that it could continue it's good work. This second tranche of BDUK funding totals £250m but it is not yet clear what proportion of this money with go to North Yorkshire.

Mr Sturdy said:

“I see the digital divide first hand in my constituency. Due to the foresight of North Yorkshire County Council, alongside the government’s commitment to invest in our local infrastructure, many communities are already enjoying the benefits of superfast speeds. Over the coming months, many more villages across North Yorkshire will be joining them. However, sadly, I fear that some communities around York and across the County will be left behind by the digital divide because they’re too remote to be included in phase one of the roll out. It is for the benefit of these communities that I called on the Minister to release the next tranche of funding. After all, the Government prides itself on rewarding those who work hard and want to get on. Superfast North Yorkshire has worked tremendously hard, and I hope that the Government will give it what it needs to finish the job.”

Responding to the debate, Ed Vaizey MP said he hoped to make an announcement on it soon.

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