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York set for ultra-fast broadband

York is to be one of the first cities in the UK to receive ultra-fast broadband.

York to get ultra-fast broadband
York to get ultra-fast broadband Credit: Press Association

SKY and TalkTalk are to join forces with CityFibre to create a new company that will provide the service.

The new joint venture company plans to build a state of the art, city-wide, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000 Mbps) direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York, offering customers better quality and value.

Customers should be connected to the new service by next year.

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Super fast broadband to reach rural areas

The Government has today announced more than £21m towards super fast broadband in our region.

Projects in Yorkshire and the Humber area have been given the money to instal systems in what the Department of Culture describes as "hard to reach rural areas."

South Yorkshire is to get £10.4 million, East Riding five million, and North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire combined a total of £6.2 million

High speed internet for Lincolnshire

People living and working in Lincolnshire are set to benefit from a £48million project to bring high speed internet to the area. The joint project between Lincolnshire County Council and BT is one of the biggest in the country.

It will improve the infrastructure so that 90 per cent of all homes and businesses will be able to access superfast broadband by April 2016.

The internet is transforming our lives – at home, at work and at school. This project is going to dramatically improve broadband speeds across the county, bringing a wealth of opportunities for residents and businesses alike.

– County Councillor Kelly Smith

Leeds and Bradford to become super-connected cities

Leeds and Bradford are to become the UK’s first super-connected cities outside of London

It is due to new mobile connectivity technology from Virgin Media Business.

In the first phase of the cities’ plans to provide people with better connectivity ‘small cell’ technology – shoebox-sizeddevices that transform the mobile experience by boosting capacity - will go live from January 2013.

1.2 million people will have access to free public Wi-Fi that’s three times the speed of 3G services, but this technology signals the beginning of a hyper-connected, digital future for citizens and local businesses.

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MP urges support for superfast broadband in rural areas

This week the Government’s plan to roll out superfast broadband services to rural areas has received European Union approval.

Graham Stuart MP, who represents Beverley and Holderness, has urged MPs to get behind rural areas who might not benefit from the scheme.

“Most areas will get broadband without any government support.

“In rural areas this won’t happen as there aren’t enough potential customers to provide a commercial return for providers – that’s why government support is necessary. Because of rules on “state aid” the Government has had to get permission from the EU and prove that investing in rural broadband will not distort the market or provide unfair competition to others.

“Now that Brussels has said yes we can crack on in the East Riding and make sure that our rural areas start to receive a decent service.”

– Graham Stuart MP, Beverley and Holderness

Lincolnshire street has slowest broadband in UK

Cromarty Road in Stamford has been named as having the slowest broadband speed of any street in the UK. Researchers say it has a download speed of just 0.132Mbps which is 50 times slower than the fastest connection found in Willowfield, Telford.

The independent price comparison website uSwitch.com carried out the study. They say it would take residents on Cromarty Road more than 25 hours to download a two hour film that in Telford could be downloaded in just 2 minutes.

Researchers have also found that two other streets in Lincolnshire feature in the top ten slowest streets for broadband. They are Burghley Road in Lincoln (0.259Mbps speed) and Woodlands Drive in Colsterworth (0.346Mbps speed).

The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest speeds in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane. Rural parts of Britain in particular are experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all.

– Julia Stent, uSwitch.com

Slowest broadband street in UK

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broadband cable Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Broadband users in a Lincolnshire road suffer a download speed 500 times slower than those in a street enjoying the UK's fastest speed, a study has found.

Cromarty Road in Stamford, Lincolnshire, has an average speed of 0.132Mbps, while Willowfield, in Telford and Wrekin, has registered speeds of 70.9Mbps over the past six months, uSwitch.com found.

Lincolnshire has three of the top 10 slowest streets for broadband in the country with speeds around 37 times slower than the national average of 9Mbps, the survey revealed.

According to the study, it would take Cromarty Road residents 25 hours and 15 minutes to download a two hour film, and one hour and 41 minutes to download an album.

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