Government confirms Broadband Money
The Government has confirmed that North Yorkshire and York is to receive £17,840,000 to improve broadband access in the County.
This is part of £530 million of Government investment to ensure that the UK has the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, with 90 per cent of homes and businesses having access to superfast broadband and for everyone in the UK to have access to at least 2Mbps.
Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, said:
“I am pleased that these figures confirm the Government recognise the pressing need in North Yorkshire to improve broadband access and reduce the digital divide. Too many of our communities currently cannot go online at decent speeds and the allocation of money to the County being among the highest in England acknowledges this.
“North Yorkshire is leading the way in working to get better internet connections. The County Council has already begun inviting companies to submit bids to roll-out superfast broadband in the coming year and every North Yorkshire Member of Parliament has been working hard to ensure our part of the world is one of the first to benefit from the investment, jobs and lifestyle improvements having high quality internet links can bring.”