Slow broadband stops North Yorks students from studying

Tuesday, June 25th 2013
Some sixth formers in South Stainley are unable to study online while at home.
Slow broadband stops North Yorks students from studying
Students in a North Yorkshire village are struggling to study for their exams due to the slow - and sometimes non-existent - broadband available in the area.

Internet speeds in South Stainley drop as low as 1Mbps at times, leaving some local sixth formers unable to access their coursework online, reports the Ripon Gazette.

"The speeds are frustratingly slow and it has been such a nightmare recently," explained Jo Denton, mother of 17-year-old student Miles. "We are totally out of the loop with the modern world."

Broadband connections in South Stainley are delivered via the Birstwith telephone exchange seven miles from the village, rather than the closer Bishop Monkton exchange.

A spokesman for BT, which is rolling out high-speed broadband across North Yorkshire in partnership with the county council, revealed that the telecoms giant has no concrete plans to upgrade the cabinet serving South Stainley. 

However, he stressed that the deployment plan is being regularly updated, which means a viable fibre proposition for the community could be delivered in the future.

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