IT doesn’t have a pub, a corner shop or even a phone box, but the tiny hamlet of Bentley is the latest location to have access to superfast broadband service after East Riding of Yorkshire Council leader Cllr Stephen Parnaby officially connected it recently.
Bentley, located two and a half miles south of Beverley, has just 10 homes. While such small villages elsewhere in the UK might expect to find themselves towards the end of the queue when it comes to superfast broadband access, KC’s roll-out of Lightstream Superfast Broadband across its network is covering both urban and rural areas.
Around 30,000 households and businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire have access to the service, including large areas of Beverley, and the East Riding villages of Weel, Swine, Paull, Brantingham and Woodmansey.
Village Rod Bentley said: “Located where we are, we thought that it was unlikely that we would have the opportunity of receiving high speed broadband for some time, so when we were offered Lightstream we jumped at the opportunity.
“We’re delighted with the improved performance – our broadband speed has jumped from about 3Mbps to at least 75Mbps almost anywhere in the house, so the system response time is now extremely rapid.” Councillor Parnaby added: “It’s good to see KC investing in the region as a whole and supporting our ambitions to make superfast broadband available right across our county.”