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Thousands of homes and businesses in the Goole area are set to benefit in the first phase of the multi-million pound Broadband East Riding project.
More than 13,000 premises in the Bubwith, Goole, Hemingbrough Howden, Rawcliffe, and Snaith BT exchange areas are included in plans for phase one of the roll-out, with work expected to begin in late April.
Broadband East Riding will bring superfast fibre broadband - delivering speeds exceeding 24Mbps - to more than 42,000 homes and businesses in the East Riding of Yorkshire by December 2015. In addition the project aims to ensure the whole county will have access to broadband speeds of 2Mbps or more. This will take into account the commercial roll-outs of communication providers with networks in the area.
This is exciting news for those living, working and learning in East Riding as the boost to broadband speeds will bring new opportunities to home life, businesses and schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities supporting them to grow and thrive.
Councillor Jane Evison, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for Economy, Investment and Inequalities, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to work with BT and other partners to improve broadband across our area.
“It is fundamental for our residents and businesses in this digital age that they can access the very best broadband services, and I am particularly pleased that we as a council are running a support programme to help local firms make the most of the improved broadband.
“This is truly the start of a new era in the East Riding, and of course this announcement is just the first phase of the rollout, which will eventually benefit the whole region."
Broadband East Riding will build on BT’s commercial investment in the county already committed as part of its £2.5 billion overall commercial investment in UK fibre broadband.
BT is contributing £4 million towards the programme, which together with grants from BDUK of £5.57m, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of £4.4m and East Riding of Yorkshire Council of £0.5m will see a total investment of £14m by December 2015.
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, said: “Being able to bring superfast broadband to 42,000 premises in East Riding is an ambitious but deliverable aim.
“The issue of broadband access touches virtually all aspects of life. Improved broadband speeds are essential for the ability and agility of local economies to grow and be resilient.
“This announcement is another important step towards transforming broadband access to communities and businesses across East Riding. By extending the roll-out of fibre broadband, a new chapter is beginning that will bring a better quality of life for residents and provide a major economic boost by attracting more jobs and businesses to the area.”
The new superfast network will be open to all communications providers on an equivalent basis. Households and businesses inside the project area will therefore benefit from a highly competitive market, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of service providers.
Faster speeds will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently. For business it means quick and easy downloads, shorter upload times to get large documents and data to customers and suppliers, and time and cost savings by enabling video conferencing and remote working.
To help businesses take advantage of all the benefits this new technology will bring East Riding of Yorkshire Council is running a free business support programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This programme will demonstrate the benefits of high speed internet with targeted support and information to help businesses turn faster broadband speeds into business growth.
At home superfast broadband will enable people to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time making gaming, watching BBC i-Player, using Skype to keep in touch with friends and family anywhere in the world, or downloading films and music much quicker and free from ‘buffering’ or screen freeze.
Many communities inside the project area will benefit from a host of new learning and development opportunities for local people as well as easier access to local authority and health services.
For up to date information on available business support and the roll-out visit www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/roll-out/.
IT consultant Richard Hale has saved thousands on fuel bills and slashed his annual commute by more than 20,000 miles – thanks to the Broadband East Riding programme.
Self-employed Richard said existing broadband speeds to his home in Bridlington were so slow he was forced to make a 140 mile commute to offices in York and Leeds to connect with clients.
But the arrival of superfast broadband as part of the Broadband East Riding roll-out has enabled him to stay put, ditch his long commute and work from the family home, serving customers around the globe.
Families can benefit from superfast broadband by streaming HD videos without waiting for them to buffer, download the latest movies on your TV box, browse the web quicker than before, play on-line gaming with people around the world - all at the same time - without any annoying delays.
Superfast broadband can help you to keep in touch with relatives around the world using video services without having to wait to connect and it gives you a smoother connection whilst chatting.
Superfast broadband can help businesses reach new markets, connect with customers and suppliers quickly, cut costs with online data storage and work from home or on the go.