Superfast broadband connection revealed

Superfast broadband is to connect to more villages in the area in the next year.

Harewood Councillor Matthew Robinson said work to instal the facility will take place in Aberford between July and December this year, followed by Scarcroft and Collingham between October and March next year.

Coun Robinson said: “I am delighted to be able to inform residents, and local businesses, of this forthcoming work.

“Fast, reliable internet access is something that has, in only a few years, become an essential requirement for homes and businesses, and it has been a continual cause for complaint that our area suffers from poor broadband speeds.

“Unfortunately, rural areas are lagging behind as broadband infrastructure is very expensive to install, but Superfast West Yorkshire will use money from the government, the councils involved, British Telecom and the European Regional Development Fund to ensure people living and working in rural areas of West Yorkshire get the broadband provision they need and expect.

Over a number of years Coun Robinson has sought to improve the broadband provision in the Harewood ward, and said he has now been told by Superfast West Yorkshire – the organisation set up by five West Yorkshire councils to deliver broadband to rural areas – that work will take place.

“I shall be continuing to keep pressure on Superfast West Yorkshire to ensure broadband rolls out quickly to the areas of Harewood that need it,” added Coun Robinson.

Businesswoman Gwen Rymill of Boston Spa-based internet based Smarter Business Processes said that superfast broadband was now essential to every day life.

“There are so many devices in the home that use superfast broadband such as Smart TVs.

“It is the new utility, just like water, gas and electricity.

“So many people now work from home so it is essential to have this kind of broadband in the area to attract housing developers who are looking to build new homes with a room for an office.”

Gwen, who has developed an online business with husband Richard added: “This is absolutely amazing news for the villages around here as it means they will be able to compete on the world stage.

“As a country, we are a little bit behind the rest of the world but we are getting there.

“Developments like this makes competing with other businesses and countries much easier.”

Superfast West Yorkshire covers urban and rural areas which have poor, limited or no broadband coverage.