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April
2014
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Nidderdale villages go superfast

Superfast broadband has arrived in Nidderdale, Superfast North Yorkshire announced today. 

The villages of Summerbridge, Glasshouses, Burnt Yates and Dacre Banks now have access to the high-speed technology bringing the total number of Nidderdale homes and businesses with access to the new network to more than 2000. Fibre is already available in parts of Pateley Bridge, Killinghall, Darley, Hampsthwaite and Birstwith. 

The total figure will increase to more than 4000 as engineers from BT’s local network business Openreach complete more local upgrades in the coming months. 

Today, the Superfast North Yorkshire investment was welcomed by Katy Penn from Nidderdale Plus, a partnership of local organisations, who described it as great news for the area. 

She said: “The arrival of superfast broadband in many parts of Nidderdale levels the playing field for our businesses, enables people to work better from home, makes our communities more sustainable, and lets us watch TV on-demand without the buffering. 

“I would urge everyone living and working in areas now connected to this new technology to contact the service provider of their choice to arrange an upgrade.” 

Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership led by 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 . 

To see if your area is due to be enabled or to keep up to date with the roll-out, visit http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com/where-and-when. 

Superfast North Yorkshire is working hard to provide the best connectivity possible for areas not currently featured in the roll-out plans, within the funding available. 

Local residents or businesses interested in setting up or being involved in a community scheme can contact Katy Penn at Nidderdale Plus on katy@nidderdaleplus.org. 

For further information on the Superfast North Yorkshire programme visit www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com 

Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that some premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to access fibre-based broadband. Alternative solutions for these locations are being investigated. 

For further information please contact the BT Regional Press Office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be found at www.btplc.com/news 

Notes to Editors: 
The majority of North Yorkshire homes & businesses will have access to speeds of at least 25Mbps by the end of 2014. Openreach, BT’s local network business, is primarily deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, where the fibre runs from the exchange to a local roadside cabinet. FTTC offers download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps and could deliver even faster speeds in the future. 
ISPs may use different speeds in their advertising. Individual line speeds will depend on network infrastructure and the service chosen by the ISP 

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 

Photography illustrating the Superfast North Yorkshire project is available here: 

http://imagelibrary.btplc.com/assetbank-btplc/action/browseItems?categoryId=606&categoryTypeId=1 


Superfast Britain is a Government investment of £1.08bn in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio comprises three linked programmes: 
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017 
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities 
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services 
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life. 
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk 

About Superfast North Yorkshire 
Superfast North Yorkshire was created in July 2012 following the signing of the contract between North Yorkshire County Council and BT, which will see a total fibre broadband investment in the county expected to reach around £70 million. 
North Yorkshire is the first county in the UK successfully to deploy Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds, which will be used to extend the roll-out of faster broadband across the county. The project will reach those areas outside of any commercial roll-out using a partnership approach to ensure all communities have access to the fastest possible broadband speeds. 
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 

About BT 
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach. 
For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m. 
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. 
For more information, visit www.btplc.com.