In a £50 million investment, North Yorkshire County Council has today selected BT to roll-out high speed broadband across the County.
Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, who led the campaign to win pilot status and Government investment, is organising the second Broadband North Yorkshire Conference on 29 September 2012 at Fountains Abbey near Ripon to mark the deal.
Commenting on today’s announcement, he said:
This announcement is the modern day equivalent of the coming of the railways or the introduction of canals.
The award of this contract marks an exciting moment in the development of high quality, high speed broadband across North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire and York Members of Parliament came together 18 months ago to support the bid for Government money to improve internet connections because, for too long, homes and businesses in this county have lagged behind more urban areas in the digital revolution.
Over the next months and years, we will be working with North Yorkshire County Council and BT to ensure as many families and businesses as possible get connected to high speeds.