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Approaching 25,000 extra homes and businesses can now access Superfast fibre broadband

The Superfast fibre broadband roll-out across West Yorkshire and York continues to gather pace, a total 24,478 premises now having access, which represents 75.9% of the Contract 2 target of 32,267. 

The £19.5 million Superfast West Yorkshire and York Local Broadband Programme is funded by Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and the City of York Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Broadband Delivery UK, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The programme has secured £6.89 million funding from the ERDF 2014-2020 England Operational Programme.

The Programme’s mission is to ensure 98% superfast broadband coverage across West Yorkshire and parts of York by the end of September 2018. By April, an additional 1,659 premises had been given access to fibre broadband, since the start of 2018. Take-up of broadband packages within the Contract 2 intervention area is over the 30% mark, evidencing that demand for fibre broadband remains high.

Residents, community groups and local businesses can find out if their local street cabinet has been upgraded as part of the Superfast West Yorkshire and York local broadband programme by visiting www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk/about/livecabinets/ 

One of many businesses taking advantage of the ability to access superfast broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps since their local phone exchange was upgraded is Keighley firm, Acetarc Engineering Ltd.

Acetarc, specialises in the design and manufacture of foundry equipment, has slashed the time taken to send online business critical data from an hour to a matter of minutes thanks to the upgrade. The family-run firm, which was established more than 50 years ago, produces mainly molten metal handling and pouring equipment. Although based in West Yorkshire it has a global presence, with more than 80 per cent of its products exported abroad used in foundries across the globe.

The company is one of around 21,000 homes and businesses in and around Keighley now able to access superfast speeds

Overall, more than 850,000 households and businesses in West Yorkshire now have access to high-speed fibre broadband as a result of Superfast West Yorkshire & York and Openreach’s own commercial fibre broadband programme. It’s an ‘opt in’ service, but because the Openreach network is ‘open’, residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers.

Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee said:

“Our overall objective is to ensure, through the Superfast West Yorkshire and York Local Broadband Programme, that more residents and businesses can take advantage of the social and economic benefits of accessing fibre optic broadband and making use of faster speeds and reliable connections.

“The way the Programme has been established means that the good progress being made through the Programme in converting on-street cabinets and the high levels of take-up is resulting in us generating gain share funding which can be reinvested to further improve coverage and connection speeds.”

You can find out more about the Superfast West Yorkshire and York local broadband programme at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk

European Regional Development Fund
The Superfast West Yorkshire and York programme has received £7.3 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


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May 17, 2018