(L - R): Sean Royce, Alastair Taylor, Rishi Sunak MP, and Cllr Carl Les.
Matthew Neville

North Yorkshire is first to go live with “Superfast” broadband project

Residents of Picton can now access ultrafast broadband speeds thanks to a mixture of fibre and wireless connectivity as phase four of the Superfast North Yorkshire rollout begins.

Managed by NYnet, a company owned by North Yorkshire County Council, and run by Quickline Communications, the programme is now bringing fast, reliable speeds to some of the most rural areas of North Yorkshire.

On a recent visit, Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond (Yorks), enabled the broadband, which will now offer speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Resident Phillip Sykes, who is also clerk of the Parish Council, is looking forward to accessing the fast and reliable network. He said: “Everyone has become more reliant on broadband, especially over the past 18 months.

“The lack of reliability to do such simple tasks is frustrating. I am really looking forward to being able to access the ultrafast speeds the Superfast programme and Quickline will offer us.”

Rishi Sunak, MP welcomed the next stage of the Superfast programme’s focus on rural areas. He said: “This mix of technologies means everyone in Picton should have access to high-quality broadband regardless of where their home or business is situated.

“The speeds delivered by this part of North Yorkshire’s broadband roll-out will mean rural communities like Picton having a service equivalent to if not better than that found in our biggest towns and cities.”

Sean Royce, CEO of Quickline Communications, added: “Gone are the days when rural areas are left behind to cope with substandard internet services.

“We’ve all seen what a lifeline reliable connectivity has been for many over the last 18 months, whether working from home, for home-schooling, to stay connected to family and friends or to help reduce feelings of isolation.”

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