Community Broadband North Yorks

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Rural Action Yorkshire is working as a partner in the Superfast North Yorkshire team to support the roll-out of Superfast Broadband.

By the end of 2014, 90% of premises in North Yorkshire should have access to fibre broadband, bringing faster and more reliable access to the internet, however there will still be areas that are not reached.

In these areas, Community Broadband schemes are being supported to bring next generation broadband to the remaining 10% of the county so that by the end of 2017 all premises in North Yorkshire should have access to a high quality broadband service.  

To get the latest updates, follow the links on the project menu on the left.

Broadband Development Worker: details of how RAY is supporting communities with wireless schemes.

Superfast North Yorkshire: Details of the roll out of Superfast broadband and coverage maps.  To keep up to date with the roll-out in your area register with their email service.

You can find various case studies relating to broadband at our Case Studies page. Stories from others who have suffered in rural areas, before making the move to wireless superfast broadband. 


Related stories

Previous to being connected to a Superfast wireless network, movement of hefty photo files via email and the Internet was a significantly stressful task for Kate Abbey, based in rural Greenhow. 

Ellingstring is a remote hamlet, high on a hill in stunningly beautiful Lower Wensleydale, part of the renowned North Yorkshire Dales. For many an ideal place to live, visit and stay but with one marked exception - poor broadband speed and reliability.  That changed in February 2015 when, through the tenacity of a local company, Ellingstring was given access to superfast broadband via fixed wireless technology.

The Rural Services Network, a coalition of 260 member organisations, has published a comprehensive Manifesto for Rural England, calling on the next Government to take on a programme of action which would address the needs of rural communities across all departments and not leave it to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs alone.

Not being a technophile, Jim Hope who lives near Skipton, stubbornly persisted with his original service provider as he feared any change would cause as many problems as it solved.”  In any case, being located at the far edge of a telephone exchange area, and no other link installed, I didn't see how the situation could be improved.  But as websites became more complex and images more detailed, using the internet became more and more frustrating.

A redundant water tower at Lovesome Hill four miles north of Northallerton is being born again as a transmitter for superfast wireless broadband. Rural Action Yorkshire's Community Broadband Development Officer, Andy Ryland, reports.

How one couple in a village near Thirsk have had their internet nightmares solved by community wireless broadband.