Faster broadband as part of £700,000 investment

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Hundreds of homes in the Brighouse area look set to get super fast broadband as part of a £700,000 investment.

Calderdale Council has signed a contract with BT to extend high-speed fibre broadband to almost every corner of Calderdale.

The Superfast West Yorkshire project will see a combined investment of £21.96 million between the four participating local authorities; Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Council Leader, Councillor Tim Swift said: “Calderdale has lagged behind its neighbours for too long, suffering painfully slow internet access in many areas of the Borough.

“Labour recognises that fast, reliable internet is very important to our local residents in order to access essential online services such as healthcare and other public services. It also enables residents to save money, access jobs and promotes learning.

“I’m confident that many residents will witness a significant improvement in their connection speeds with over 25,000 premises set to benefit from our Superfast Calderdale project.”

Cabinet Member for the Economy and Environment, Councillor Barry Collins said: “This massive investment will put Calderdale well and truly on the digital map, providing more jobs locally and enabling greater business innovation.

“Developing such critical infrastructure, will promote a stronger, more competitive Calderdale economy and give our small businesses and start-ups the means to compete, grow, and reach their true potential.

“Over 2,500 Calderdale businesses stand to benefit, with research indicating the generation of around 420 additional direct jobs and an increase of over £30 million in the value of goods and services we produce over the next 12 years.”

Residents and businesses who suffer from poor or limited broadband connections can register interest at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk The installation schedule will be announced in the coming months but Calderdale residents can expect improved access to online services and better connectivity for our businesses from 2014.