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Superfast fibre broadband is good for businessMore than 20 business parks and industrial estates in the region including Albert Mills in Huddersfield, Adwalton Business Park in Drighlington, Ainley Industrial Estate in Elland, Paragon Business Village in Wakefield, Acorn Park Industrial Estate in Shipley, Jubilee Business Park in Huddersfield, Acre Park in Keighley and the Elvington Airfield Business Park in York plus others have all been upgraded to Superfast fibre broadband thanks to the West Yorkshire and York broadband programme.
The advantages of having Superfast broadband for businesses are considerable, it enables them to do so much more in far less time, but it's vital that businesses understand how they can apply the technology in a way that reaps the benefits.
For some businesses faster file and data transfer may free-up hours of their time, for others moving the day to day running of the business to the Cloud may save money, while for others it could enable staff to work remotely or communicate long distances via Skype.
More than 100,000 households and businesses in West Yorkshire and York now have access to high-speed fibre broadband as a result of the West Yorkshire and York broadband programmes.
The West Yorkshire and York broadband programme is a key part of regional investment and is being delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and BT. BT was awarded the contract following a procurement exercise through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework. The programme secured £6.89m funding from the Government's Superfast Extension Plan which will be used to further extend coverage. BT is contributing towards the fibre deployment in "non-commercial" areas. The remaining £6.89m funding is coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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