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West Yorkshire village signs deal to bring superfast broadband to residents

Tuesday 28th March, 2017

West Yorkshire village signs deal to bring superfast broadband to residents

Superfast broadband is coming to the village of Ledston, near Castleford, after a successful community campaign for faster speeds.

More than 90 households and businesses will be able to order new high-speed fibre broadband services for the first time, thanks to a partnership between the community and BT.

The co-funded deal at Ledston is expected to see the first residents get the higher speeds within the next 12 months. It is part of BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships programme, which has already seen BT sign agreements with more than 200 local communities and organisations to bring fibre broadband to some of the UK’s most challenging areas.

The cost of delivering the new technology has been covered by Openreach, BT’s local network business, the Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which supports households and businesses with speeds of less than 2Mbps who are not covered by any current fibre broadband rollout plans, and BT’s grant scheme.

The CFP programme offers grants of up to £20,000 to any community in the final five per cent of the UK not covered by any fibre broadband roll-out plans if the technology will also benefit a local school or similar organisation. BT awarded a grant of more than £3000 for the Ledston project because the village school, Lady Elizabeth Hastings Church of England Primary School, will benefit from the boost in broadband speeds.

Tom Keeney, chairman of BT’s regional board in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:“We are working with communities, such as Ledston, up and down the region. Rolling out fibre broadband to as many communities as possible is one of our top priorities and working directly with a group of residents like this is just one of the ways of making that happen. People here have shown great determination to go ahead with this exciting project. Fibre broadband opens up endless opportunities for those living here.

“Our ambition is to ‘never say no’ to any community that wants superfast broadband, and we’re really pleased we found a way forward in Ledston which testifies to that approach. We’re keen to have conversations with other communities who might benefit from this programme.”

Fibre broadband has many advantages. It not only provides faster download and upload speeds, it also makes it easier for several people in the home to go online at the same time, each able to enjoy high speed connections. And with Ledston set to get download speeds of up to 80Mbps**, online activities like streaming music, watching TV online, and quickly uploading larger files will soon be possible.

Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director for infrastructure delivery, said: “It is great to be able to work with communities like Ledston, to find a fibre broadband solution. We’re working on hundreds of similar community fibre partnership programmes across the UK, which are bringing faster fibre internet access to even more homes and businesses. Openreach is committed to making fibre broadband as widely available as possible in the UK to allow families and businesses to do even more online.”

Openreach offers fibre broadband access to all service providers on an open, wholesale basis, which means that local households and businesses can benefit from competitive pricing and products from a wide range of providers.

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