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Tooway satellite broadband offered to North Yorks residents
Local businessman Gerald McDonald is offering to connect homes and businesses in the county to the high-speed service.A North Yorkshire entrepreneur has begun offering consumers and employers in rural parts of the county access to the Tooway satellite broadband service.
Gerald McDonald, who lives in the village of Gatenby - a broadband not-spot - signed up for Tooway's product after becoming dissatisfied with the sluggish speeds on offer in the community, reports the Northern Echo.
He runs HydroBlast, a business that uses high-pressure water jets for a variety of purposes, including graffiti removal and cutting concrete. Its global customer base meant a reliable internet connection capable of handling large volumes of data had become essential.
"We can now be connected to the rest of the world, fast," Mr McDonald remarked.
The businessman is so convinced about the benefits of the satellite broadband service that he is now offering to hook up other local residents and companies.
Mr McDonald's satellite dish installation offer means that for a fee, other residents in North Yorkshire can get access to the technology, which offers download speeds of up to 10Mbps.
"For people like me who can't link up to fixed-line broadband via the BT network, this could be a real godsend," he remarked.
To show off the benefits of a satellite connection, the contractor has invited foreign secretary and Richmond MP William Hague to visit Gatenby and see the service in action.
He explained: "This is not about having a go at what the government or the local council are doing. I took the initiative rather than wait for help."
Tooway, the satellite broadband facility launched by Eutelsat Communications, went live for the first time on May 31st 2011.
It is capable of delivering high-speed access to consumers across Europe, regardless of whether or not they can receive a fixed-line connection in their property.
Coverage maps have shown that as many as 13 million households across the continent are beyond the reach of ADSL broadband networks.