Craven communities connected to high-speed broadband

Craven communities connected to high-speed broadband

Published at 8:03am 25th July 2015. (Updated at 9:40am 25th July 2015)

More homes and businesses in Craven can now benefit from superfast broadband connections.

Fibre cabinets have been installed to provide access in Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton North and Middletown.

More than 25,000 premises across Craven already have access to high-speed fibre broadband as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire project.

Councillor Simon Myers, Craven District Council's Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, said: "It's vital that our residents have access to an acceptable broadband connection.

"Without this strong connection to the wider world, rural areas struggle to attract new businesses and keep existing companies and residents thriving in their communities."

Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, added: "Superfast broadband is now seen as an essential rather than a luxury.

"Superfast broadband provides the cornerstone for prosperous communities - helping local people build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs, and helping to keep those businesses and jobs in the local community.

"There is no quick and easy way to get superfast broadband to rural areas. It involves challenges above and beyond those you would encounter in a more urban environment.

"We are very grateful for the support of Craven District Council in getting fibre to the area and it is very encouraging to see people quickly embracing this new technology."

In May, Superfast North Yorkshire completed the first phase of its roll-out to 150,000 homes and businesses.

Nearly 90% of the county's 380,000 premises are now able to get superfast broadband - when BT's and Virgin's commercial roll-outs of fibre broadband are also taken into account.

Work is already under way on the next phase of the Superfast North Yorkshire project, with £8 million in additional funding to make high-speed broadband available to another 11,100 homes and businesses by the end of next year.