North Yorks close to signing off super-fast broadband strategy
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is set to sign off a project that aims to bring super-fast broadband to the vast majority of local communities.
The authority is investing £25 million in the Connecting North Yorkshire scheme, which is designed to give householders access to broadband speeds that are currently only widely available to residents of major cities.
In addition, a private sector telecoms firm is expected to contribute a further £25 million to the project, creating a total cash pot of £50 million to deploy a network of underground fibre optic cables across the county.
NYCC has already chosen a preferred provider to carry out the infrastructure improvement work, but will not identify the company until later this month.
Councillor Carl Les, chairman of Connecting North Yorkshire, said: "It's not an exaggeration to compare this sweeping technological revolution to the creation of the railways in the 19th century, or the development of air travel in the 20th."
North Yorkshire was one of four original super-fast broadband pilot sites chosen by government agency Broadband Delivery UK, along with Cumbria, Herefordshire and the Highlands and Islands.