Farms are not considered to be businesses

Friday, June 1st 2012

Harrogate Borough Council does not seem to be much interested in the North Yorkshire Broadband Delivery UK fund as farms are not included in businesses.

That will mean that the local farms will not be able to get the benefit of the

GBP 17 million granted to North Yorkshire County Council for provision of next generation broadband. The workers will not be able to make use of the web for selling their products. They cannot access online services.

Harrogate Borough Council will not make use of the Performance Reward Grant funding until the North Yorkshire Broadband Delivery UK fund is procured and utilized properly. This may take place in about one month.

Margaret Atkinson, the councilor, who is also a cabinet member, is not interested in acting on a wrong report. She prefers to wait for some time to get the right report and then act on that. But the things are getting delayed.

The BDUK wants at least 2 Mbps broadband in the whole of UK by 2015. But that may not happen if the funding is not provided latest by July. Incidentally, Robin Hoods Bay residents are getting at least 10 Mbps download speeds as a result of a Wi-Fi network installed in the whole village with the help of fund provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA).

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