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South Yorkshire To Get Broadband Boost

Monday September 22 2014

BARNSLEY has joined forces with BT in a £22 million deal to extend the availability of high-speed broadband to around 98 per cent of homes and businesses in South Yorkshire.

The new scheme is being led by Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield councils with support from the Sheffield City Region's local enterprise partnership.

Barnsley Council's involvement with the new scheme follows the demise of the Digital Region Ltd project, which the council invested £7m in to and ended up costing taxpayers a staggering £155m before being abandoned last August.

Coun Sir Steve Houghton CBE, leader of Barnsley Council, has worked with other region leaders on this joint project with private sector investment.

He said: "We’ll increase fibre broadband coverage across South Yorkshire, taking it from the current 80 per cent to around 98 per cent by the end of 2017.

"Private sector investment from BT is helping us to make this £22 million project happen. This is a major achievement for the city region, and a huge step forwards for South Yorkshire."

The first communities across South Yorkshire can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from summer 2015.

What do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by richard on Monday September 22 2014 at 15:41
Its already here....installed by bt open world..so why is the council wasting my money again

Reply Posted by cheryl on Monday September 22 2014 at 15:48
£155 million spent if this is the amount spent by Sir Steve and his council they should go away with their advisors and join rest of the insane in rampton or broardmore

Reply Posted by garry on Monday September 22 2014 at 15:50
Virgin and bt have had high speed broadband for ages .....this is a smoke screen and am sure councils will be getting back handers .....to people who want highspeed broadband pay for it them who don't want it are quite happy on 2-6 meg .....so its my belief the investment is to give normal wire connections a boost ! .....best thing is am sure prices will increase.

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 07:44
Be nice to have the option of high speed Broadband, Where i live in Platt's Common no high speed Broadband round here. So i say bring it on and dont forget my street lol.

Reply Posted by Collet on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:17
Can any councillor tell us what happend to the Millions already spent on the failed Barnsley Go It Alone Broad Band,or do you think all of us have short memories? Useless pirocks.

Reply Posted by Herbie on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:19
be good to get super fast BB in Swaithe, our broad band is as fast as dial up due to copper wire and no fibre optic!
Takes 5 minutes to watch a 2 minute YouTube clip. Oh and because we are in a valley we don't get 3or4G!

Reply Posted by urb on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:23
If a 7million project ends up costing 155 million
Then how much will a 22 million project cost us
And where has the money gone, and where will the new money come from? and dont say BT they are in it to make a profit

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:56
something needs doing. I live in Thurnscoe which can get fibre apart from the the last 2 streets going out towards doncaster and we are struggling to get 1mb, it's ridiculous

Reply Posted by Helen Bach on Sunday September 28 2014 at 19:14
Am I the only one that remembers that many years ago, Yorkshire Cable were given millions of taxpayers dosh to deliver a fibre optic to every home in Yorkshire. They installed a copper cable that was subscription only. They made mega-bucks then sold the company so they could hide the disappeared cash. Nice little earner! Now we are paying again! I think they will get away with it because this generation won't be aware of the last theft of public cash! Another nice little earner for some!

Reply Posted by A on Sunday September 28 2014 at 19:47
I pay for fibre through sky only live 1 mile from town cos was only getting 3.5Mbs on normal broadband. Had faults on line, BT been out man said wiring is that old and corroded it all needs replacing (Wakefield Road, and on my street), still only getting 19.5Mbs when am paying for up to 37Mbs. Nothing done haha. Used to get close to what I get now when I lived in town on the bog standard broadband.

Reply Posted by Albert on Sunday September 28 2014 at 20:21
i'm from the Dearne and get 80meg so why should we the majority pay for the minority surely the millions wasted be put elsewhere where it's needed ie schools and the bloody roads that's a disgrace

Reply Posted by hopefull on Monday September 29 2014 at 14:33
Dont forget carlton and bring it on !!!! Like been on dial up round here !! And btw it was my taxes too that paid for the first lot to be laid !!! Even though its not available to me !

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