Skipton goes superfast

High-speed fibre broadband is now available to more than 7,000 homes and businesses in Skipton, with further upgrades planned for the coming year.

The Superfast North Yorkshire team will be outside Skipton Town Hall between 10am-1pm on Thursday 23 January 2014 to demonstrate what superfast fibre broadband can do for local residents and businesses.

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 .

Councillor Carl Les, chairman of Superfast North Yorkshire, said: “Our lives are more connected than ever before. More and more appliances and gadgets – phones, Smart TVs, tablets, games consoles – many of which will be bought as presents this Christmas – work best with a high-speed internet connection. But as we increasingly do more online – sharing photos with friends, streaming HD movies, video calls with family and friends, traditional broadband connections find it harder to cope. This is an ideal time to make the switch to superfast broadband.”

In areas already connected to the fibre network, people should contact their chosen service provider to arrange an upgrade. For further information come and meet the Superfast North Yorkshire team on January 23 or visit www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com.

To help businesses in North Yorkshire take advantage of the faster broadband speeds a support service has been put in place to provide free services such as training workshops, skills master classes and business development events. This will demonstrate how faster broadband connections can help to develop business and increase profits by maximising efficiency and productivity. For more information call 0845 0020021 or email: enquiries@sfny.co.uk.

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.

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Photography illustrating the Superfast North Yorkshire project is available here:


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