BT has signed yet another contract with a Yorkshire council authority for the rollout of superfast broadband.
The latest deal, signed with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is worth just over £14.6m and will see an additional 42,000 premises added to the firm’s network to offer superfast broadband to homes and businesses in the area. It comes after a similar deal with West Yorkshire last week worth £22m.
BT is contributing £4m to the deal, while funding from the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework is £5.6m. European funding is £4.5m while the council is contributing £500,000.
The rollout should be completed by December 2015 and will mean speeds of at least 24Mbps and above will be on offer to 90 percent of the region, with 2Mbps minimum for all.
John Skidmore, interim director of corporate strategy and commissioning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said signing the deal would ensure benefits for both residents and firms in the region.
"The council is committed to improving broadband infrastructure in the East Riding to ensure that we do all we can to support businesses, residents and visitors to the area to have access to broadband provision,” he said.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey said that the successful competition of another deal under the BDUK framework was helping the government’s vision of fast broadband for all come to fruition.
"This £14m investment in the East Riding will transform broadband speeds for thousands of homes and businesses in the area,” he said.
“This will be instrumental in driving growth, boosting the local economy and achieving the government’s objective of reaching 95 percent of all UK premises by 2017."
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