The Digital Region project in Yorkshire is an ambitious £112m project to lay fibre optic cable through out the region with the aim of boosting the local economy and enabling next generation access speeds for consumers.
The council in Doncaster is making a £2m loan towards the cost of the project, which it is thought will involve 5,000 jobs across South Yorkshire in the ten years it will take to complete, including 75 at the operational centre in Doncaster.
"This is about South Yorkshire getting a competitive edge. If we can deliver this we will be the first sub region to get this. That's why my board have supported it.
We don't want to continue playing catch up with the South East."Trevor Shaw, of Yorkshire Forward
The figure of 97% of the Doncaster population having access to this next generation network on paper looks impressive, but given the annoyance with bodies like BT when coverage is even higher, local councils may find residents complaining loudly if their property happens to be in the 3% without access.