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New fibre optic broadband boost for North Yorkshire
A new proposal will bring fibre optic broadband to 26,000 more North Yorkshire homes if approved.Fibre optic broadband access will be brought to a further 26,000 homes and businesses in North Yorkshire if a new deal is approved.
The project is a partnership between the government's Broadband Delivery UK agency and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). However, if the plans are to go through they require a financial investment of £3.1 million from North Yorkshire County Council.
If the £8.1 million rollout goes ahead it will raise the total fibre optic coverage in the county to 93 per cent by the end of 2014.
It is widely expected the council will approve the plans. Councillor Carl Les, Chairman of Superfast North Yorkshire, explained that gaining access to superfast speeds is a priority for the authority.
He said: "Superfast broadband is a key driver to economic prosperity in the 21st century and is viewed as of equal importance to the county's wellbeing as all the other services the council provides."