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Multi-million Pound Broadband Upgrade May Not Be Enough

Remote parts of Yorkshire could still be offline

Written by . Published on August 17th 2011.


Multi-million Pound Broadband Upgrade May Not Be Enough

Rural Yorkshire will received a multi-million pound package in order to provide more than 700,000 homes with superfast broadband internet.

But Ministers admit that despite spending £530m across the UK, 70,000 homes and businesses in the most remote parts of Yorkshire could still be left without access.

“We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.”

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged £15m to get homes in West Yorkshire and the Humber hooked up to superfast connections in a drive to give the country the best high-speed network in Europe by 2015.

But the move has been criticised by the Countryside Alliance for failing to cover the remaining and most rural areas.

The money is targeted at areas where it is not commercially viable for communications firms to fund the networks themselves.

Hunt said: “Fast broadband is absolutely vital to our economic growth, to delivering public services effectively, and to conducting our everyday lives.

Hunt added that some areas of the UK were missing out, with many rural and hard-to-reach communities suffering painfully slow Internet connections, or no coverage at all.

He said: “We are not prepared to let some parts of our country get left behind in the digital age.”

Faster broadband access in remote areas allows small firms to set up far away from towns and cities whilst elderly residents can benefit from getting online shopping deliveries and online medical consultations.

Hunt is now urging all those suffering the frustration of slow internet connections to make it clear to locally elected representatives that you expect them to do what is needed to access this investment and to deliver broadband to your community.

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