Thousands of homes and businesses in Selby will gain access to super fast broadband thanks to a new mast on top of the historic Selby Abbey.
Installed by wireless internet provider Quickline, it means local people who have struggled with poor connectivity in the past could see speeds of up to 50 megabits per second. Visitors will also have access to wi-fi inside the Grade I listed landmark.
Quickline, which specialises in bringing super fast broadband to hard-to-reach locations, said it was thrilled with the new partnership with the Abbey.
Hayley Silvester, head of sales for Quickline, said: “Our technology is wireless which allows us to provide super fast broadband to rural areas that are usually ignored by traditional telecoms because they are not commercially viable for them.
“This new mast on top of Selby Abbey gives us a fantastic opportunity to share this technology with homes and businesses within a ten-mile radius.
“As long as we have a line of sight we can deliver high-speed internet access to people who have barely been able to stream live TV or download any programme, music, file or image. It will make a huge difference. Our partnership with the diocese also means churchgoers will have wi-fi connectivity before and after services and during parish social activities.”
Vicar of Selby Abbey, the Reverend Canon John Weetman, said: “Selby Abbey was the first monastery to be founded in the North after the Norman conquest and one of the few in England to have survived as a parish church. It has stood the test of time and we have always played an integral role in the local area.
“Now in our 950th year, this partnership with Quickline is another example of how we embrace new ways of working. It will benefit everyone in and around Selby and we are delighted to be part of the new digital age.”
Ms Silvester added: “If you’re not currently covered by the North Yorkshire Better Broadband phase 3 rollout plan for super fast broadband on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council, then please get in touch because Quickline can help you get over any technological barriers.”
Selby Abbey was granted its founding charter by William the Conqueror and is reputed to be the birthplace in September 1068 of King Henry I of England.