Thousands of premises to get superfast broadband
Thanks to a new £13million pound network contract between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and BT.
This second phase of the project builds on the successful work of Superfast West Yorkshire and BT’s own commercial roll-out of the high-speed technology. Which will extend coverage of fibre broadband throughout West Yorkshire and York. A further 28,000 homes and businesses are expected to get access within the next three years, and by the end of 2018 more than 98 per cent of homes and businesses in West Yorkshire and York are expected to have access to fibre broadband.
Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Resources Cllr Graham Turner said:
“This is great news for the district. We have negotiated carefully to optimise coverage and get the best value for money.
“Along with physical transport infrastructure, high-speed broadband is vital in providing the links businesses need to achieve growth and create new jobs and to help residents access the benefits of high speed internet. In conjunction with all the commercial investment in fibre being made by different companies this announcement will ensure superfast broadband is a reality for Kirklees. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has a goal of achieving 100% superfast broadband coverage for the whole of Leeds City Region.”
Funding includes £6.89 million from the Government’s Superfast Extension Plan and £6.1 million from BT. Additional investment will also be made by WYCA and local authority partners to support the delivery and resource for the day- to- day running of the project.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
“Our rollout of superfast broadband in West Yorkshire has already reached more than 60,000 homes and businesses. This new deal means another 28,000 premises will also be able to access superfast speeds and will provide an additional boost to the local economy.”
Find out more about superfast broadband
Visit the Superfast West Yorkshire website to find out if your area is included in the roll-out of the programme.