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Connecting North Yorkshire Launched

June 28, 2011

Connecting North Yorkshire is the newly formed group which will be responsible for driving the delivery of broadband to your home. We have invited them to give the latest news to the campaign via this blog. This is their first posting.

By Connecting North Yorkshire

Connecting North Yorkshire (CNY) is the partnership working to bring substantial improvements to both the access and the speed of broadband across the County.

North Yorkshire County Council and NYnet (two of CNY’s key partners) have recently appointed Ian Marr as the Community Project Manager to look after the development of more community broadband projects over the next few months.  This is known as the ‘PRG’ project and Ian can be contacted at ian.marr@northyorks.gov.uk .

So what will the PRG project bring?

Well, we expect to see our work;

  • Help in setting up 14 or 15 more community broadband schemes.
  • Provide significant improvements to the broadband connection for these communities.
  • Further develop our use of available technologies.
  • Bring all interested parties together so we can;
    o share our passion for much better broadband for North Yorkshire,
    o map current broadband access and speeds,
    o understand the levels of demand
    o inform and steer the major investments due to come to North Yorkshire over the next few years.

It is going to be an interesting and exciting journey and the immediate next steps include;

  • Develop the information on the CNY web pages which can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/broadband
  • Start to gather data on broadband speed, providers and other information by postcode through the ‘Demand Analysis Tool’ on the CNY web pages.
  • Bring together seven community coordinators and other key players to form a steering group.
  • Confirm the criteria we will use to assess potential schemes and allocate resources.

Look out for future blogs as we enable more and more communities to gain the benefits of fast and reliable internet.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. chrisconder permalink
    June 28, 2011 7:17 pm

    Congratulations and good luck!
    I just hope nobody at CNY offers BET as a solution to rural broadband issues, it costs a fortune to implement and will only deliver a paltry amount and is not futureproof.
    The key to helping people is to get a fibre as close as possible to them, and if funds are tight use wifi in the interim until fibre can be laid closer. Anything done over obsolete phone lines is a waste of money and effort.
    just sayin.
    chris

  2. June 29, 2011 8:45 am

    Sufficient emphasis needs to be put into developing alternate ways of delivering better broadband to more remote locations. I live only 1 mile from nearest digital exchange BUT delivery from there is still reliant upon old BT owned circuits (in our case, underground wire some sections of which we are told are still aluminium and not copper. Best speed recorded 916k, often less while we pay for an 8Mb service). Service via satellite is still unreliable, wireless may be a possibility IF we could have a fibre based delivery to a point in the Dale where ‘line of sight’ could be achieved or relayed to more users.

  3. chrisconder permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:03 am

    Agree John, I just hope no money is put into patching up the old phone network, otherwise in a year or two it will all be to do again, and Yorkshire won’t get another bite at the cherry. The danger of using BET is that it protects the investment in copper in the cities too. Therefore the incumbent will spare no expense, running new copper and bonding it to deliver a paltry few meg to the notspots. Far better to stop that happening and run your own fibre instead. A digital village pump could serve many with wifi if you can get your delivery sorted. Good luck.

  4. tarek permalink
    June 29, 2011 2:21 pm

    totally agree! firbe (Infinity) is the only way forward. CNY just needs to get its teeth in to BT to get us up the ladder in terms of when we get it. Not sure in reality what else CNY can do without laying down a load of infrastructure themselves.

  5. July 14, 2011 11:35 pm

    Do we know what Broadband North Yorkshire have got planned yet for the main market towns?

    I see that Thirsk, Filey, Malton and Skipton are already on the list for BT Infinity (FTTC) – what about Ripon and Northallerton? Scarborough doesn’t have Virgin Media either, to best of my knowledge.

    It would be great to get some sort of FTTP for at least some of North Yorkshire…

  6. July 18, 2011 4:19 pm

    I’m not aware of any plans for the more remote Yorkshire dales, such as Swaledale or Arkengarthdale. At the moment community wireless broadband provider, Reeth Rural Radio Net is filling the gap, but could do with some help! The current funding seems to exclude help for such organisations.

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