Life miles better with superfast broadband

IT consultant Richard Hale and his family are now enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband.

IT consultant Richard Hale and his family are now enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband.

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A Bridlington businessman has slashed 20,000 off his annual commute thanks to the Broadband East Riding programme.

IT consultant Richard Hale said the broadband speeds previously available at his home in Bridlington forced him to make a 140 mile commute to offices in York and Leeds to connect with clients.

But the arrival of superfast broadband as part of the Broadband East Riding roll-out has enabled Richard who is self-employed to stay put, ditch his long commute and work from the family home serving customers around the globe.

He said: “I have been able to make huge savings in terms of money and time spent on travelling. But it’s not just that, being online is crucial for my job and I just couldn’t rely on my old home broadband.

“Without the arrival of fibre I would eventually have had to move location, to York or somewhere I could get a faster connection.”

The dad of five, who helps to manage data centres for large companies including banks and insurance companies based around the world, said a reliable fast broadband connection is vital to working effectively.

As well as providing a boost to his business, Richard said fibre had also helped to improve family life as well.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The example of how faster broadband speeds are helping improve the lives of residents like Richard is really great news and is a positive endorsement of the Broadband East Riding programme.”