£14m superfast broadband investment for East Yorkshire

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More than 42,000 homes and businesses in East Yorkshire are to get superfast broadband as part of a £14m investment.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the scheme would result in broadband speeds of 24Mbps via fibre optic cables.

The project is part of the government's Broadband Delivery UK initiative, which develops rural internet access.

The network will be built and operated by BT. The work is expected to be completed by December 2015.

'Economic strength'

The funding comes from BT, central government, the council and a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

Bill Murphy, BT's managing director for Next Generation Access, said the project was "vital to the future economic strength of the whole of the East Riding".

"The East Riding of Yorkshire is a largely rural county and we know that small businesses form a key part of the local economy in rural areas," he said.

"Faster broadband breaks down the barriers to doing business in the digital world like online trading, which helps to empower small businesses to find new markets, sell new products, try new models and compete on an equal footing with larger businesses."

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