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CNY rolls out fast wireless broadband in North Yorkshire
Wireless broadband connectivity has been extended to a further three North Yorkshire villages.High-speed wireless broadband has been rolled out to the North Yorkshire villages of Appletreewick, Blubberhouses and Darley thanks to a county council-led initiative.
Connecting North Yorkshire (CNY), which is run by North Yorkshire County Council, issued grant funding to make the deployment possible and worked closely with local authorities in Harrogate and Craven to ensure the success of the scheme.
Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith officially launched the next-generation broadband service in a special event at Darley Memorial Hall between 11:00 and 12:00 BST today (April 27th 2012).
Commenting on the initiative, Mr Smith said delivering high-quality, high-speed broadband to residents and businesses across the constituency is one of his key targets as an MP and expressed his delight at the new wireless connection.
As well as allowing residents to taking advantage of technologies such as TV streaming and online learning, the network will help businesses grow, ensuring they do not need to abandon rural communities in order to secure fast broadband, the MP claimed.
The wireless broadband infrastructure will also serve people in several other villages, including Burnsall, Hebden, Padside and Timble.
Carl Les, county councillor and chair of CNY, insisted that improved internet connectivity is vital for the future economic growth of rural locations.
Local Enterprise Partnership board member Ruth Smith added: "I live in Darley and I know that this new high-speed connection is very welcome.
"As well as being great news for local residents, a high-speed connection helps to attract investment to the area and can help businesses become more efficient, access new markets and enable people to work from home."
Faster broadband will also help ensure that these rural communities remain "vibrant places to live and work in the future", she added.
The CNY initiative is aiming to deliver high-quality broadband to 100 per cent of homes and businesses in North Yorkshire by the end of 2015.