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North Yorkshire County Council in £42.4m broadband contract
Wednesday 20 February 2008 15:12:03 by Andrew Ferguson

Some 500 locations in North Yorkshire including schools, libraries and council offices are set to benefit from a new ten year broadband contract recently announced by North Yorkshire County Council. The £42.4m contract was awarded to NYnet after a three year period which saw eight other potential bidders chasing the contract.

The Yorkshire Post item estimates that the costs of this level of IT provision would be roughly double without the NYnet project and further savings may be possible if the North Yorkshire Police and NHS trusts sign up to the scheme.

"North Yorkshire has suffered in the past because of its rural locations – no-one wanted to provide high speed internet access because it was not seen as profitable as targeting towns or cities.

But the NYnet project means that we can realistically attract a whole host of new business. It will also provide major savings to taxpayers – especially if other councils and organisations like the police and NHS sign up."

NYnet's sales and marketing manager, Andy Lister

The NYnet core is a fibre network linking together the major population centres in North Yorkshire and is a public and private sector venture designed to provide services to businesses, public sector bodies and residents in the area. The presence of a fibre network does not mean people living in North Yorks can expect a fibre to the home connection, but it should alter the economics such that network providers may find that exchanges that were uneconomic to unbundle are now feasible, increasing the choice of services.

For communities with a local library, a public access service that is not dependent on ADSL or the local telephone exchange could prove useful at times when peoples broadband connections fall over due to faults or when moving home.


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