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Fibre broadband opens up a ‘whole new world’ to West Yorkshire town

Monday, June 15th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The rollout of superfast broadband in West Yorkshire has reached the market town of Morley.

Superfast West Yorkshire has connected a cabinet in the town that will allow 629 homes and businesses to access fibre broadband.

The cabinet is the largest in the project area in terms of the number of premises it serves.

Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for resources and strategy, James Lewis, said: “It is great news that this latest and largest cabinet has gone live and will allow the people of Morley to access faster and more reliable broadband.

“Superfast broadband allows households and businesses to do so much more online. With reliable connections and faster upload and download speeds, people are turning to superfast broadband to future-proof their homes and businesses with the right technology.”

More than 59,000 homes and businesses in West Yorkshire are now able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband as a result of the Superfast West Yorkshire programme, which is due to complete by the end of September 2015.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “BT has led the rollout of superfast broadband in the UK and, working in partnership with Superfast West Yorkshire, is playing a huge part in helping Leeds become one of the best connected cities in the UK.

'Where the magic happens'

“Local people may have noticed our green street cabinets being installed. This everyday street furniture is where the magic happens.

“As millions of UK households and businesses have discovered, fibre broadband opens up a whole new world to internet users.”

Mr Keeney said BT is focused not just on delivering high-speed infrastructure but also on making sure its benefits are fully exploited.

“I would encourage people to contact the service provider of their choice to find out what faster internet could do for them,” he added.

Superfast West Yorkshire builds on BT’s commercial investment of £2.5bn to roll out fibre broadband to two thirds of UK premises.

Leeds City Council, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Wakefield Council and Calderdale Council are working with BT to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 97% of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire by the end of 2015.

The programme also aims to ensure all premises in this area have access to speeds of more than 2Mbps.

The £21.96m investment is made up of government funding from Broadband Delivery UK combined with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), BT and four West Yorkshire local authorities.

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