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North Yorkshire secures £16.4m funding for broadband

The successful procurement of a multi-million pound technology grant in North Yorkshire will put the region on the same level as big cities like London, say local councillors.

The Connecting North Yorkshire project will receive up to £16.4 million by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

It will connect all homes and businesses to an incredibly fast broadband network, Cable.co.uk reports.

In partnership with the European Regional Development Fund, the county council’s broadband network (Nynet) will enable up to 600,000 people to enjoy new technologies. These could help them set up their own businesses or interact with others across the globe.

Video-conferencing, web-meetings and access to a company telephony system will put North Yorkshire on a level playing field with the major cities such as Leeds and London,” remarked council chairman Carl Les, according to Hostway.co.uk.

People of all ages will be able to reap the benefits of the new connection, he continued: “Young people, for example, can access e-learning and a broader curriculum, often unavailable to remote, rural schools.

“It also enables technology to be used to monitor and provide care direct into individual homes, allowing people to stay independent for as long as possible,” Les added.

The council aims to bring high-speed broadband to everybody in the region and all businesses by 2017. North Yorkshire was chosen in October 2010 as one of four areas for a pilot rural broadband project.

Cumbria, Herefordshire and the Scottish Highlands and islands were also chosen as pilot sites in the government-backed scheme.