Superfast broadband arrives in Boroughbridge

The ceremonial switch-on of the superfast broadband.
The ceremonial switch-on of the superfast broadband.

Superfast North Yorkshire has held a Christmas party in Boroughbridge to celebrate the news that superfast fibre broadband has arrived in the town.

Joined by MP Andrew Jones and the Mayor, Coun Graham Archer, members of the Superfast North Yorkshire team met local residents and businesses to explain the technology behind the roll out and the benefits it will bring.

Mr Jones said: “This is a fantastic Christmas present for Boroughbridge. Thousands of local people and businesses will be able to join the information highway’s fast lane.

“For Boroughbridge it means access to the same kind of connectivity previously only available in larger towns and cities. This technology can transform many aspects of our lives and Boroughbridge residents and businesses will feel a real benefit from these changes.”

As well as discovering how the technology works and why it’s essential for the future success and prosperity of the town, Santa Claus, carol singers and refreshments were on hand to give the day a festive feel.

High-speed fibre broadband is now available to more than 1,667 homes and businesses in Boroughbridge – around 55 per cent of properties – with further upgrades scheduled in the coming weeks. More than 90 per cent of the market town, some 3,000 premises, will have access to high speed fibre broadband by the end of 2014.

Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership led by North Yorkshire County Council and BT, builds on BT’s own commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the county so that 90 per cent of North Yorkshire’s homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2014

Coun Carl Les, chairman of Superfast North Yorkshire, said: “More and more appliances and gadgets – phones, broadband enabled TVs, tablets, games consoles, many of which will be bought as presents this Christmas – work best with a high-speed internet connection.

“This is an ideal time to make the switch to superfast broadband.”