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NextGenUs UK CIC: Remote North Yorkshire Villages Boosted By Super-Fast Broadband
[April 06, 2010]

NextGenUs UK CIC: Remote North Yorkshire Villages Boosted By Super-Fast Broadband

Apr 06, 2010 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Over 140 residents and businesses living and working in the remote North Yorkshire villages of Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Stape are to benefit from high-speed, next generation broadband rivalling major city centres thanks to a new project by NYnet and NextGenUs UK CIC.

In the first scheme of its kind in England, the community broadband project will tackle the social and economic disadvantages that result from a lack of internet access in rural areas.

The villages of Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Stape previously suffered from a slow or nonexistent internet connection, which limited economic opportunities, further isolating the rural communities. The new scheme will reverse the trend of urban migration, enabling residents and businesses to remain in the villages and stimulating economic and social regeneration.

NYnet has provided fibre-based internet to within striking distance of the villages where it is beamed wirelessly over 24km to outlying homes and businesses by community interest company NextGenUs UK CIC which employs community service provider Beeline Broadband to deliver the internet connection. As a result of this initiative, residents will be able to access a broadband connection with up to 10Mbps upload and download speeds.

For the villages whose nearest town is seven miles away in Pickering, the connection has already made a huge difference to the residents that have signed up to the scheme.

Mike Steele who lives at Kale Pot Hole, five miles outside Stape and Newton-on-Rawcliffe, runs an event management company and holiday cottage from his home. His nearest neighbour is half a mile away and the property is very remote. The new broadband connection has made a huge difference to both Mike's business and family life enabling him to work from home, supporting the local economy rather than being forced to commute to nearby towns and cities.

Mike said: "The broadband connection has made an incredible difference to my life. It has reduced my working hours and given me time to keep in touch with my family who are spread all over the world, via web cam. Businesses and clients used to send me files that could take up to a day to clear from my server - it was often quicker to receive files by post!" Elderly resident Norah Moxon lives alone in Stape. Norah uses the internet to do her grocery shopping, order online prescriptions and arrange doctor appointments without having to worry about paying per minute.

Norah said: "The internet provides a window to the world and brings the outside inside. As a result of the new service, I have embraced technology as I would rather have the benefit of it than be afraid of it. This has made a huge difference and I now feel less isolated. I am able to stay in touch with friends via email and even pay bills and check my bank balance online." David Cullen, Chief Executive of NYnet said: "We are delighted NYnet is able to make such a difference to people's lives. North Yorkshire is England's largest county and has some of the most remote villages in England. Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Stape is the first pilot project in a series of community broadband initiatives that NYnet plan to introduce in rural villages throughout North Yorkshire." Since 2007, NYnet has provided high-speed broadband to 70 percent of public sector organisations in North Yorkshire, a number of private businesses via business parks and now private residences through the community broadband project.

NYnet, formed by Yorkshire Forward and North Yorkshire County Council with funding from the European Union, provides a super-fast internet network to ensure North Yorkshire is not 'left behind' by the rest of the world in the next phase of the internet revolution.

Guy Jarvis, Chief Executive of NextGenUs UK CIC, said: "We are delighted to have delivered super-fast broadband to the residents of Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Stape in partnership with NYnet. This is a pioneering project which can now be repeated across rural Notspots and Slowspots in North Yorkshire and beyond. Throughout the project we have ensured that the interests and needs of the community come first and this has been recognised by residents and wider stakeholders alike." NextGenUs is a Yorkshire-based community interest company formed to undertake next generation, super-fast community broadband projects across the UK. The company ensures that all surpluses generated are distributed in the community's interest helping local businesses and residents.

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