Estate set to reap rewards of superfast broadband

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A housing estate in West Yorkshire has become the first to benefit from the multi-million pound superfast broadband programme.

The Old Fountain Brewery housing estate in Halifax is reaping the rewards as high-speed fibre broadband arrived three months ahead of schedule.

Thousands more homes and businesses across Calderdale will also have access to high speed fibre broadband speeds as the programme rolls out the technology to more locations.

Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax, said: “This is great news for the countless local residents and businesses who will benefit. The welcome investment in faster broadband speeds is good for business, good for the local community and good for the local economy.

“I know this will be the first of many investment programmes across Halifax. It is vital that local residents and local businesses get faster broadband connections, so any programme that delivers on that as well as boosting the Halifax economy gets my wholehearted support.”

Superfast West Yorkshire builds on BT’s investment of £2.5bn to roll out fibre broadband to two-thirds of UK premises. Leeds Council, Bradford Council, Wakefield Council and Calder-dale Council will work with BT to bring fibre broadband to premises in West Yorkshire, which are not currently included in the private sector’s commercial roll-out plans and would otherwise have missed out.

Ed Vaizey, Communications Minister, said: “Today marks the next stage in the transformation of broadband in West Yorkshire. Thousands more homes and businesses in West Yorkshire will benefit from access to superfast speeds by the end of March 2015 as a result of Government’s investment, providing a huge boost to the local economy.”

The programme will invest £22m to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 97 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire by the end of 2015.