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Government announces three million UK premises can now surf superfast as a result of the Broadband Delivery UK roll-out
Superfast broadband, delivering speeds of 24Mbps and above, is now available to more than 39,000 home and businesses thanks to the Broadband East Riding Programme.
A further 3,000 premises are set to be connected by December this year, as part of the first phase of the programme.
The news comes as the Government today announced that the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached more than three million homes and businesses. 1
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "We are transforming the digital landscape of the UK and our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached an additional three million UK homes and businesses. I congratulate Broadband East Riding on having reached more than 39,000 properties in East Riding of Yorkshire so far and are making incredible progress."
In the East Riding around 195 fibre cabinets have been enabled, connected by more than 87km of underground fibre duct. And more than 40 exchange areas are now live due to the endeavours of Broadband East Riding.
A £5million contract has recently been signed between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and BT to extend superfast broadband to a further 4,500 homes and businesses as part of the second phase of the Broadband East Riding Programme, with work expected to start early next year.
The Broadband East Riding Programme Team recently visited the Driffield Show to meet local residents and businesses and demonstrate the benefits of using superfast broadband. The team will be attending further local events in the coming months.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of Broadband East Riding and the council is pleased to see continued investment in broadband infrastructure by the Government and commercial providers.
“Superfast broadband is essential to modern life and brings new opportunities at home, in business and in schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities, supporting them to grow and thrive."
“With superfast broadband continuing to be rolled out to even more communities across the East Riding, the council would strongly urge residents and businesses to check with their ISP for service availability and upgrade where possible, as you are not automatically upgraded when the service becomes available.”
Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for the Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Broadband East Riding is a very significant civil engineering project and the extensive team of planners, engineers and those managing the day-to-day running of the project should be very proud of what they are achieving.
BT’s multi billion pound investment in superfast broadband through its involvement in partnerships, such as Broadband East Riding, and its own commercial programme has already made fibre broadband available to 23 million households and businesses in across the UK – and the number is continuing to grow rapidly."
“This new technology will give local people the opportunity to really make the most of the internet. It will help people with online shopping, learning, entertainment and paying household bills, and allow small businesses to function more effectively. ”
With superfast broadband you can watch HD movies, catch up with your favourite TV on demand and download music in seconds. Photos and videos can be uploaded to your social networking sites in an instant and streaming is as smooth as silk; popular online services like Netflix or Spotify work beautifully with superfast broadband. On top of this, everyone in the house can do their own thing online, simultaneously.
Businesses that connect to superfast can serve their customers better and attract new ones more easily. What’s more, they can cut costs and work more flexibly.
Small-and-medium-sized businesses and charities in the East Riding could be eligible for a voucher of up to £3,000 to help them connect to faster, better broadband. However, this funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply quickly.
For up-to-date information on Broadband East Riding or the business voucher scheme, visit www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk
Phase 1 of the Broadband East Riding Programme is a £14 million partnership between the council and contractor B T and is funded by grants from BDUK, £5.5m, and The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), £4.4m, along with investment from B T and the council.
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.