Faster broadband in area as BT signs £5 million contract

East Riding Council logo
East Riding Council logo

Superfast broadband, delivering speeds of 24Mbps and above, is now available to more than 39,000 home and businesses thanks to the Broadband East Riding Programme.

A further 3,000 premises are set to get access to the high speed technology by December this year, as part of the first phase of the programme.

The news comes as the Government announced that the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached more than three million homes and businesses.

In the East Riding around 195 fibre cabinets have been enabled, connected by more than 87km of underground fibre duct. And more than 40 exchange areas are now live due to the endeavours of Broadband East Riding.

A £5 million contract has been signed between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and BT to extend superfast broadband to a further 4,500 homes and businesses as part of the second phase of the Broadband East Riding Programme, with work expected to start next year.

Cllr Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of Broadband East Riding and the council is pleased to see continued investment in broadband infrastructure by the Government.

“Superfast broadband is essential to modern life and brings new opportunities at home, in business and in schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities, supporting them to grow and thrive.”