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Thousands of homes and businesses across the East Riding of Yorkshire are set to benefit in the next phases of the multi-million pound Broadband East Riding project.

More than 20,000 premises in the Aldbrough, Beeford, Bishop Wilton, Bridlington, Burton Agnes, Burton Pidsea, Dalton Holme, Elvington, Flamborough, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Hornsea, Keyingham, Kilham, Langtoft, Leconfield, Leven, Market Weighton, Melbourne, Middleton on the Wolds, North Cave, Patrington, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Skipsea, Skirlaugh, Spurn Point, Tibthorpe, Watton, Wilberfoss and Withernsea BT exchange areas are included in plans for phase two and three of the roll-out, with work starting from July running in to the New Year.

Further announcements will be made as the high-speed technology ‘goes live’ in each area.

Broadband East Riding will make superfast fibre broadband speeds of more than 24Mbps available to more than 42,000 homes and businesses in the East Riding of Yorkshire by December 2015. In addition, the project aims to ensure the whole area will have access to broadband speeds of 2Mbps or more. This will take into account the commercial roll-outs of communication providers with networks in the area.

This is exciting news for those living, working and learning in East Riding, as the boost to broadband speeds will bring new opportunities to home life, businesses and schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities, supporting them to grow and thrive.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and cabinet portfolio holder for transformation and strategic partnerships, said: “Delivering a project as far-reaching as Broadband East Riding is an excellent example of the public and private sector working together for the benefit of residents and customers.

“Both ourselves and BT are working in partnership to ensure our local communities benefit from high-speed broadband, which is essential is this digital age as technology develops and more and more business and social connections are made online.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to work with BT and other partners to improve broadband across our area.

“It is fundamental for our residents and businesses in this digital age that they can access the very best broadband services, it is important that local firms are able to make the most of the improved broadband and I am particularly pleased that we as a council are running a support programme to ensure this happens.

“This is truly the start of a new era in the East Riding and of course this announcement is just part of the rollout, which will eventually benefit the whole region.”

BT is contributing £4 million towards the programme which, together with grants from BDUK of £5.57m, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of £4.4m and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will see a total investment of £14m by December 2015.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are now starting to reach into the heart of communities across the county that have so far been beyond the reach of high-speed broadband. The progress so far is all the more impressive given that we are laying a whole new network across a county covering roughly 930 square miles where around half the population live in dispersed rural communities.

“In the modern world, digital connectivity is as important as having access to electricity and running water. From children doing their homework to caring for our elderly population and from social media to e-commerce and home entertainment – fast broadband is the critical enabler.”

The new superfast network will be open to all communications providers on an equivalent basis. Households and businesses inside the project area will therefore benefit from a highly-competitive market, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of service providers.

Faster speeds will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently. For business, it means quick and easy downloads, shorter upload times to get large documents and data to customers and suppliers and time and cost savings by enabling video conferencing and remote working.

To help businesses take advantage of all of the benefits that this new technology will bring, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is running a free business support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This programme will demonstrate the benefits of high-speed internet with targeted support and information to help businesses turn faster broadband speeds into business growth.

The business support that is available includes the guidance of a dedicated business adviser, providing one-to-one advice, external IT system diagnostic reports, providing an action plan to take forward, and various workshops covering a range of topics devised to help businesses get the most out of being connected and to stimulate growth.

Support is targeted primarily at eligible businesses, as defined by ERDF criteria.

At home, superfast broadband will enable people to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time making gaming, watching BBC i-Player, using Skype to keep in touch with friends and family anywhere in the world, or downloading films and music much quicker and free from ‘buffering’ or screen freeze.

Many communities inside the project area will benefit from a host of new learning and development opportunities for local people as well as easier access to local authority and health services.

For up to date information on available business support and the roll-out, visit

www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk

 

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