NEW multi-million pound investment will see superfast fibre broadband extended to thousands of extra homes and business in East Yorkshire over the next two years.
Telecoms giant BT has been chosen to partner East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver the second phase of the local authority’s broadband rollout scheme after being given the go ahead from government to build upon the project’s success so far.
To date, 38,000 properties in the area are benefitting from connection speeds of 24 megabits per second and above, with more properties set to receive the improved service by December.
Phase two will see £5.4million spent on reaching another 4,500 homes and businesses by December 2017.
BT was chosen as the council’s partner in the scheme following a procurement exercise through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) national procurement framework. BDUK is contributing £5m and the remainder comes from BT.
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for Next Generation Access, added: “Small businesses form a key part of the local economy in mainly rural counties like East Riding. Faster broadband breaks down barriers to doing business in the digital world like online trading, which helps to empower these small businesses to find new markets, sell new products, try new models and compete on an equal footing with larger businesses.”
Councillor Jonathan Owen, the council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for strategic partnerships and transformation, said residents and businesses should check with their internet service provider for service availability.
The installation schedule for the £5m extension programme will be announced in the coming months, with work due to begin early next year.