Broadband ‘making a huge difference’

Tom Keeney, BT's Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Tom Keeney, BT's Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber.

These are exciting times for the East Riding of Yorkshire. The multi-million pound rollout of superfast fibre broadband is making a huge difference to the lives of people throughout the county.

It’s one of the largest investments locally in recent times and is transforming the way people use the internet, both at home and at work. But much remains to be done and 2016 will undoubtedly be a landmark year for this vital investment.

We’ve already seen great progress. Each month during 2015, an average of 2,250 more premises in the county gained access to this high-speed technology thanks to the Broadband East Riding partnership between BT, the local authority and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme.

This programme has complemented BT’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband with the result that around 88,000 East Riding households and businesses can now place an order for the technology. And across Yorkshire and the Humber, the figure rises to 1.8 million households, with around 363,000 already having signed up to a fibre broadband package.

During the next 12 months, we will see the fibre rollout reaching into some of the most challenging and rural areas as Broadband East Riding approaches the second phase of the roll-out and BT stands ready to play its part.

And even that is most certainly not the end of the story.

Our ambition is to ‘never say no’ to any community and we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with them to find a suitable and affordable fibre broadband solution.

BT has the commitment and ability to make a major contribution to the future success of East Riding.

We play a role in East Riding as a provider of essential services, investor and employer. Indeed, an independent report estimated that BT last year generated £87 million for the East Riding economy and supported more than 1,400 jobs.

• Visit www.broadband.eastriding.gov.uk for more information on the programme.