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Over 27,000 additional properties now accessing Superfast broadband as a result of the West Yorkshire & York programme
Chairing this week’s meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee, Cllr Peter Box, reminded it members that over 27,000 additional homes and businesses can now access Superfast fibre broadband thanks to the multimillion pound Superfast West Yorkshire and York Local Broadband Programme.
The Programme’s mission aims to ensure 98% superfast broadband coverage across West Yorkshire and parts of York by the end of 2021. Approaching 5,000 extra premises have been given access to fibre broadband as a result of the Programme since the start of 2018.
Overall, over 850,000 households and businesses in West Yorkshire have access to high-speed fibre broadband as a result of Superfast West Yorkshire & York and Openreach’s own commercial fibre broadband programme. Information on which on-street cabinets have been upgraded as part of the Superfast West Yorkshire and York local broadband programme can be found at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk/about/livecabinets/
Cllr Peter Box said:
“Our Superfast West Yorkshire and York Programme is having a huge impact in supporting inclusive local growth by providing companies, organisations and households with access to the faster online speeds and connections that are so important to conducting business and accessing the necessary training, skills and opportunities today.
“I urge residents, community groups and local businesses across West Yorkshire and York to visit the Programme website and find out if they can take advantage of fibre optic broadband, which can also enhance the downloading and streaming of films, game-play and general web access.”
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 £7.3 million funding from the ERDF 2014-2020 England Operational Programme.
People can find out more about the Superfast West Yorkshire and York local broadband programme at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk
This week’s investment Committee meeting backed the investment of £120,000 to develop the Programme’s £16.4 million Contract 3, a further roll out of broadband infrastructure to around 41,000 eligible premises in hard-to-reach areas not previously targeted.
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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