New chairman appointed to lead county’s broadband company

This story was published 1 February 2018

North Yorkshire County Council and NYnet have appointed a new chair to lead the company as it pushes ahead with its ambitious plans to bring superfast broadband coverage to premises across North Yorkshire.

Bringing superfast broadband coverage to premises across North Yorkshire.

Peter Scrope, 63, has extensive experience within the telecommunications industry including founding and leading successful businesses in the sector, together with extensive board and chair experience. He said: “I am delighted to take up the role. I am impressed by the difference that NYnet can make to the communities of North Yorkshire and the potential for growth is something I feel that I can add real value to.’’

Council chief executive Richard Flinton, who was on the appointment board, said there were important times ahead for NYnet. He said: “Peter is joining us as we have recently awarded the contract for phase three of the Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project to BT plc, meaning more than 14,000 more premises can look forward to better broadband.

“In partnership with BDUK, the Government’s broadband delivery programme and the EU, the council is to be the principal funder of the £20.5m phase three, with an initial outlay of £12m to secure up to 95 per cent superfast broadband coverage of premises in North Yorkshire.’’

Councillor Don Mackenzie, the County Council’s Executive Member for Broadband, said: “The Council and NYnet wish to express our sincere thanks to John Watson, the outgoing chairman. John has provided excellent leadership over many years, and has played a significant role in bringing high quality broadband to many thousands of households and businesses in North Yorkshire.”