The Parishes of Luttons and Weaverthorpe, incorporating Helperthorpe

HIGH SPEED BROADBAND

BT are reviewing how their street cabinets can be upgraded in N. Yorks and will then be able confidently announce their roll out plan for Fibre to the cabinet. We anticipate this by the end of November. Once this is announced, it is intended that the Wolds and Thixendale, coupled with the South West Ryedale area will be put forward for the ‘community scheme’ tender process. There are 12 wireless / satellite internet service providers on the tender framework, and they will be bidding to provide this service to the Wolds and SW Ryedale area. It is hoped that this process will commence prior to Christmas with a successful tenderer selected in the New Year. I’ll let you know how things progress, we seem to be keeping to the timetable at the moment. Our area will be first to go through the tender process in N.Yorks.

We have just announced that we will be the first county in the country to deploy Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds. A contract has been signed with BT that will help to take the total amount invested in North Yorkshire fibre broadband to around £70 million. BT has committed around £23 million to date on fibre broadband in the county.

The project, which will commence with immediate effect, will build on BT’s commercial investment so that 90 per cent of North Yorkshire homes and businesses – some 365,000 premises – will have access to world class broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps by the end of 2014. Ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 330 Mbps will also be deployed in certain areas and made available ‘on demand’ throughout the entire fibre footprint should North Yorkshire businesses want to upgrade to even faster speeds.

The remaining 10 per cent of premises will also see a speed uplift as the project aims to deliver 2 Mps or more by the end of 2014 to all homes and businesses. BT will also look to work with communities in the final 10 per cent to see if fibre can be extended further through innovative collaborative projects. North Yorkshire has announced that it is to be the first county in the country to deploy Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds. This will give 90 per cent of county premises access to fibre broadband by the end of 2014 and will take total investment in North Yorkshire fibre broadband to about £70m.

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