BARNSLEY Council has pledged its commitment to bring superfast broadband to the borough.

The public sector is investing £1.7 billion in the UK’s digital infrastructure so that 95 per cent of businesses and homes across the UK will be able to access superfast broadband - already available in 78 per cent of the UK.

Superfast broadband will be coming to Barnsley thanks to a multi-million pound deal with BT. It means fibre broadband will be available to around 98 per cent of homes and businesses across South Yorkshire, over a three-year period.

A council statement said: "Research shows that UK homes are getting more connected, with the average number of digital devices in the home increasing rapidly.

"Superfast broadband can help meet the need to operate computers, tablets, set-top boxes and smartphones at the same time.

"It helps users to enjoy the options of working at home, running a small business or catching up on favourite TV programmes and films.

"It will also improve access to new job opportunities, and make it easier to shop around for cheaper services."