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William Hague hails Ainderby Steeple super-fast broadband rollout
The introduction of fibre optic broadband in a North Yorkshire village has been welcomed by local MP William Hague.Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the use of government funding to bring super-fast broadband to the North Yorkshire village of Ainderby Steeple.
The community last week became the first to benefit from the multimillion-pound Superfast North Yorkshire scheme, which aims to connect 90 per cent of the county to fibre optic broadband by the end of 2014.
Ainderby Steeple has already been upgraded to receive speeds of up to 80Mbps, while a further 250 homes and businesses in Selby are set to join it before Christmas.
Mr Hague, the MP for Richmond, described the super-fast broadband rollout as a "significant step" for the ancient village, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
"At a time when our local economy needs every possible boost, important developments such as the Superfast North Yorkshire programme's investment in super-fast broadband offer the potential to create new opportunities," he commented.
The MP's comments were echoed by Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, who hailed the development as a "landmark moment" for North Yorkshire and rural areas across the UK.