Government’s £15million grant to help NYnet extend fibre rollout to more North Yorkshire premises

A grant to North Yorkshire County Council for £15 million from the government, can pave the way to improve direct broadband services, to reach up to 6,000 businesses and 55,000 homes. The council’s broadband company NYnet, will get the money to install fibre-optic lines direct into 400 public buildings. Service providers like BT can then add nearby homes and businesses to the network.

The superfast network will benefit towns such as Easingwold, Selby, Tadcaster, Whitby, Norton, Malton, Scarborough, Skipton, Knaresborough and Harrogate, Richmond, Leyburn, Stokesley and Great Ayton, Thirsk, Ripon and Northallerton.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, sees it as a big step towards making high-speed, high quality connectivity available in a county of this size. The fibre lines to these 400 buildings will also benefit households and businesses within 200 metres, as they can be connected via ISPs, he added. The councillor, the executive member for broadband, hopes the success of this bid will again show the progress made in digital infrastructure of the county, by NYCC and Nynet.

Councillor Carl Nes, county council leader, felt that such strong support from all partners involved such as councils, MPs, health groups and blue light services, made the bid successful. Although many remote areas are struggling, the new scheme will offer better service to urban areas, he added.

A new phase is being launched for remote areas later. Nynet says nearly 90% of households at present have superfast broadband access and the next phase is to extend it to 95% of the county. More details are available on the site – nynet.co.uk.

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