Thousands to have access to faster internet

Coun Barry Collins in Illingworth.
Coun Barry Collins in Illingworth.
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A new multi-million pound contract between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and BT has been signed to make superfast fibre broadband available to tens of thousands more households and businesses across the region.

This second phase of the project will build on the successful work of Superfast West Yorkshire and BT’s own commercial roll-out of the high-speed technology, to extend coverage of fibre broadband throughout the current programme area as well as into York and Kirklees. A further 28,000 homes and businesses are expected to get access within the next three years.

Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden), Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Over 21,000 premises in Calderdale benefited from phase one of the programme and faster internet services are now more widely available across Calderdale than ever before. Many of our local businesses have seen productivity increase, a rise in online transactions and growth in customer engagement through social media.”