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Fibre broadband provides 'cornerstone for prosperous communities' in North Yorkshire

Thursday, March 5th 2015 by Dean Reilly

More than 1,000 homes and businesses in two North Yorkshire villages can now access fibre broadband, BT has announced.

Premises in Ingleton and neighbouring Thornton in Lonsdale have access to up to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps following the installation of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology.

The investment means that residents of the villages can now achieve broadband speeds more than ten times faster than their old connections.

The Superfast North Yorkshire roll-out has enabled around 21,000 homes and businesses in the Craven region to access high-speed fibre broadband.

Councillor Carl Lis, lead member for Working with Communities at Craven District Council, said: “High speed broadband is now seen as an essential rather than a luxury. Broadband numbers are steadily increasing, not least because people see it as a route to jobs and markets.

“It provides the cornerstone for prosperous communities – helping local people build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs, and helping to keep those businesses and jobs in the local community.”

'Stay local'

Self-employed photographer and web designer Mick Kenyon said he saw the benefits of a superfast connection in just over a week.

He said: “The nature of my job means I spend a lot of time uploading photos and videos online. With my existing broadband it could take hours just to upload one file.

"That is not great for business when you’re trying to show potential clients examples of your work or trying to share work you’ve done with customers."

The increase in speed has meant uploads of videos and photos now takes Mr Kenyon minutes rather than hours.

“Without superfast I would probably be contemplating setting up an office somewhere else with better connectivity – which would mean a commute costing both time and money.

"Now I can stay local which means I can buy and shop locally – which is helping to sustain the village, which is good for everyone.”

Bringing fibre to the area involved the construction of one of the longest fibre feeds or ‘spines’ in the Superfast North Yorkshire rollout to date.

The project saw the network extend from BT’s telephone exchange in Kirkby Lonsdale, to Bentham and then on to the village of Ingleton.

More than 10 miles of fibre feeds was put in place, at one point crossing the River Lune and busy A65.

Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership led by North Yorkshire County Council and BT, has brought fibre broadband to 145,000 homes and businesses across the country.

A further 200,000 properties in North Yorkshire also access fibre broadband as part of BT’s £2.5b commercial rollout.

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