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York MP Calls for Action on Slow Broadband Speeds

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12:13pm 8th February 2014

More needs to be done to make sure superfast broadband reaches all of York according to one of the city's MPs.

Julian Sturdy, who represents York Outer, was speaking as the new Centre for Cities 2014 report revealed that York has the 9th worst level of superfast broadband in the country.

Currently, 58.4% of homes can access superfast broadband in York compared to the best performer, Luton, where 93.6% of homes can get it. Leaving villages such as Askham Bryan struggling to keep up.

Superfast North Yorkshire, which is responsible for bringing high speed broadband to York and North Yorkshire is set to finish it's roll out next year making speeds of up to 25mbps available to 9 in 10 homes.

But Julian Sturdy is calling for the government to allow Superfast North Yorkshire to continue it's work and get 95% of homes connected and not have to wait for the rest of the country.

The MP told Minster FM:

“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.”

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