The properties which will receive superfast broadband under Phase 3 of the county council’s programme have been identified.
Maps have been released on the Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) website detailing which properties will benefit. The Phase 3 contract for the SFNY project was awarded to BT in February and was valued at £20.5m. It was to connect more than 14,000 domestic and business premises, most by state-of-the-art fibre to the premise technology giving download speeds of up to 330Mbps, to be delivered by June 2021.
Thanks to Phases 1 and 2 of SFNY, nearly 90% of all properties have access to superfast broadband. Phase 3 will take this up to about 95%. The total number of Phase 3 property connections, both domestic and business, by North Yorkshire parliamentary constituency are:
- Harrogate and Knaresborough 574
- Richmond 2466
- Scarborough and Whitby 1887
- Selby and Ainsty 3082
- Skipton and Ripon 3309
- Thirsk and Malton 2860
The county council and SFNY were also successful in their bid to the Rural Development Programme for England and an award of an additional £11.15m was confirmed at the end of July.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “NYCC is the leading local authority for the supply of superfast broadband and now people can see where it is coming to and start preparing.
“The RDPE award is very welcome indeed since it will give our SFNY programme a major boost in bringing superfast broadband to those communities which we have not reached yet. It is likely to raise coverage to 97% of all properties in the county. We will announce details of the additional premises as soon as we can.
“High-quality digital infrastructure is essential for business success, for so many needs of households, for education and for health and social care. We do not intend to wait for the end of Phase 3 before beginning a fourth phase of broadband expansion in order to press on towards 100% coverage, although value for money considerations will influence our decision-making in the late stages.’’
The maps on the SFNY website can be viewed at http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com