It has been revealed that superfast residential and business broadband is set to come to rural areas of the East Riding.
The new infrastructure will be provided by BT in a scheme reported to be worth £5.4m. Access to speeds of at least 24Mbps will be provided and the work will come under the Broadband East Riding project, which has already been established and is working to bring faster broadband services to around 38,000 residential and business premises by the end of this year.
The director of corporate strategy and commissioning at the council, John Skidmore, said that the Broadband East Riding scheme is a good example of various bodies working together to meet the needs of the local community. He added that as technology develops, strong residential and business broadband services are going to be essential.
The funding for the scheme will be provided by BDUK, with a contribution of £400,000 from BT. BT’s Openreach division will carry out the installation of the necessary infrastructure and other service providers will be able to access the network.
BT’s MD for next generation access, Bill Murphy, said that the new phase of the project will make it easier to reach rural areas in Yorkshire. The work on the new phase is set to begin at the start of 2016 and will be complete by the end of December 2017. The schedule of the installation will be made available within a few months.