Fast broadband arrives at last!

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FILEY is now firmly in line – and online – with the rest of the country, after BT finally rolled out highspeed broadband throughout the town this week.

The long-needed service was introduced on Tuesday, after BT announced in September that they were hoping to have high-speed broadband in the town by spring.

The BT investment makes available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT, and Filey joins 20 other locations across North Yorkshire that already has access to super fast broadband.

Despite the speed though, on average the fastest speeds attainable my most people is only around a third of that.

Filey was one of seven towns and villages who had their web upgraded this week in the region.

In total, 39,000 homes and businesses throughout North Yorkshire now have access to high-speed broadband.

Benefits of high speed broadband include faster downloads and performance. Businesses will also see benefits, as it will allow them to be more competitive and efficient.

John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This is an important step forward for North Yorkshire.

“In these challenging economic times, faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive, find new customers and work more flexibly as well as greatly improving the online services available to families, homeworkers and other internet users.

“By the Summer, around 86 per cent of the region’s homes and businesses will be served by an exchange that has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

Mr Anderson added: “BT is also keen to work with the public sector to explore ways of bringing faster broadband to other areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”