AN RAF Leeming project to bring broadband connectivity to service families’ homes has drawn to a close as the last house to be connected was handed over.
The homes have been connected to the internet for many years but only via what is now considered a slow ‘dial-up’ connection.
As of this month, all RAF Leeming families will now have access to high-speed wireless broadband as partners NYnet and I Love Broadband handover the last family quarter to be connected.
NYnet is a public and private sector commercial venture created by North Yorkshire County Council to provide a communications network capable of delivering multiple services across the county.
NYnet’s role is to provide an ultra high-speed internet network to ensure North Yorkshire is not left behind as information technology advances. For the public sector it offers massively improved e-services.
RAF Leeming’s station commander, Grp Capt Tony Innes, said: “Eighteen months ago when I arrived at Leeming, I was made aware of the lack of high speed broadband for our families and made this one of my key projects.
“We spent a lot of time discussing many options and we heard of NYnet through our strategic partnerships with local government. The handing over of the final family’s quarter with wireless broadband represents a real milestone for the station.
“Broadband is taken for granted as part of daily life. Thanks to NYnet, I Love Broadband and our project manager, Sgt Mark Eames, our service families are now able to contact loved ones on deployed operations.”