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Arrival of fibre broadband cuts businessman's commute by 20,000 miles

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A Bridlington businessman has cut his annual commute by more than 20,000 miles thanks to the arrival of superfast broadband.

The poor speeds available at Richard Hale’s home in Bridlington had previously forced the IT consultant to make a 140-mile commute to offices in York and Leeds.

But the arrival of fibre-based services, thanks to the rollout by the Broadband East Riding programme, means he can now work from home.

“I have been able to make huge savings in terms of money and time spent on travelling,” said Mr Hales.

“But it’s not just that, being online is crucial for my job and I just couldn’t rely on my old home broadband.

“Without the arrival of fibre I would eventually have had to move location, to York or somewhere I could get a faster connection.”

Mr Hale, who signed up to superfast the day it became available, said he had previously been struggling with speeds of around 5Mbps, but was now getting online 10 times faster.

“On my old broadband line the connection would occasionally fail, so if I was responding to a client’s network problems I would have to be in the office – I couldn’t rely on the home network.

“If that was an emergency, it could mean leaving the house at 2am and driving the hour and a half to the office to log on.

“Now, with a reliable superfast connection, if there’s an emergency I can be working on it within minutes.”

'Lifeline'

Broadband East Riding, a partnership between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and BT, has made fibre services available to more than 42,000 properties under the first phase of the programme.

The second phase of Broadband East Riding will see an additional 4,500 properties getting access to superfast broadband by December 2017.

Engineers from BT Openreach have installed around 240 fibre broadband cabinets which are connected to the network by more than 180 miles of underground fibre duct.

“We have everything we need in Bridlington and having fibre means we no longer have to consider moving away,” added Mr Hale.

“Superfast broadband is providing a lifeline to families like ours.”

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