West Yorkshire village to receive fibre broadband
Mar 30th 2017, 09:52 by Charlotte Whyatt
A West Yorkshire village is set to receive superfast broadband as part of BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships programme.
Over 90 homes and businesses throughout Ledston near Castleford will be granted access to a high-speed fibre connection over the next year.
BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships programme will provide any community in the UK that’s not covered by any other broadband roll-out scheme (such as Virgin’s Project Lightning) with a grant of up to £20,000, if bringing superfast broadband to that area would benefit an organization like a school or a hospital.
They teamed up with their own Openreach division and the UK Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme to offer Ledston a grant of £3000 due to the presence of the Lady Elizabeth Hastings Church of England Primary School in the village.
“Rolling out fibre broadband to as many communities as possible is one of our top priorities and working directly with a group of residents like this is just one of the ways of making that happen,” said Tom Keeney, chairman of BT’s regional board in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“People here have shown great determination to go ahead with this exciting project. Fibre broadband opens up endless opportunities for those living here. Our ambition is to never say no to any community that wants superfast broadband, and we’re really pleased we found a way forward in Ledston which testifies to that approach.”
So far, the scheme has helped over 200 communities across the UK bring superfast fibre broadband to their area.
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