Faster broadband is well on the way

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FASTER broadband is on its way to Pocklington and Market Weighton.

BT have announced that another 28,300 homes and businesses in East Riding will have access to faster broadband by the summer of next year.

Hornsea, Snaith, Pocklington, Withernsea, Market Weighton, Keyingham and Driffield are the next communities included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses.

The technology is already available in to nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber and is expected to have reached 86 per cent of premises in the region by the summer of next year.

The new next generation broadband network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.

This investment is in addition to the £2.5 billion BT roll-out of super-fast fibre-based broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

Michael Short, chairman of the Chartered Management Institute, Central and West Yorkshire Branch, said: “We very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. Faster broadband is going to play an essential role in the future success of the region. In an increasingly competitive and technological world it is essential that local businesses and households have access to high-speed sophisticated communications. Just like roads and railways, broadband is a vital part of the essential infrastructure of our region.”

John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across East Riding and the wider region is running at a very rapid pace.

“We have already announced plans to make super-fast fibre-based broadband available to more than a million homes and businesses in the region by the end of next year. Now we are able to confirm a further major investment in faster broadband speeds over copper lines.

“Nobody is doing more than BT to roll-out faster broadband across East Riding. At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for local businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.

“And we want to go further. We want to work with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas, which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”