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Carleton-in-Craven joins superfast broadband digital highway

Hundreds of residents in Carleton-In-Craven and Skipton are now able to join the superfast broadband highway - thanks to Craven District Council and the Superfast North Yorkshire project.

Following a request from Superfast North Yorkshire, Craven District Council provided additional funds to enable the building of three green fibre cabinets that had been financially beyond the scope of the project or commercial providers.

As a result a further 1,154 homes and businesses in Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton North and Middletown, now have access to fibre-to-the-cabinet technology (FTTC), fibre broadband with speeds of up to 80 Mbps.[1]This is approximately more than twenty times the maximum speed previously available.

More than 25,000 premises in Craven already have access to high-speed fibre broadband as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire project, a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and BT.

Residents in Carleton-in-Craven have been racing to switch on to a superfast service, with one of the new cabinets having one of the highest take-up rates for fibre broadband in the county.

BT's network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies offering broadband services so North Yorkshire households and businesses will benefit from a choice of superfast services from a range of Internet Service Providers.

Cllr Simon Myers, Craven District Council's lead member for Enterprising Craven, said: "It's vital that our residents have access to an acceptable broadband connection. Without this strong connection to the wider world, rural areas struggle to attract new businesses and keep existing companies and residents thriving in their communities."

Cllr Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "Superfast broadband is now seen as an essential rather than a luxury. Superfast broadband provides the cornerstone for prosperous communities - helping local people build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs, and helping to keep those businesses and jobs in the local community.

"There is no quick and easy way to get superfast broadband to rural areas. It involves challenges above and beyond those you would encounter in a more urban environment. We are very grateful for the support of Craven District Council in getting fibre to the area and it is very encouraging to see people quickly embracing this new technology."

In May, Superfast North Yorkshire completed the first phase of its roll out to 150,000 homes and businesses. Close to 90 per cent of the county's 380,000 premises are now able to get superfast broadband - when BT's and Virgin's commercial roll-outs of fibre broadband are also taken into account.

Work is already underway on the next phase of the Superfast North Yorkshire project with £8 million in additional funding to make high speed broadband available to another 11,100 homes and businesses by the end of 2016.