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He explains the urgent need for high quality broadband as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire scheme.
He also argues that public transport is a ‘major issue’ in rural areas, as the county council subsidises bus services but ‘cannot accede to every request’.
He commented: ‘I think it is very easy to allow rural areas to be at a disadvantage compared with bigger urban areas, especially with digital services, but North Yorkshire being a large and essentially rural county, rural services are one of our top priorities.’
Meanwhile Telecom TV reports that the Government promise of ‘gigabit capable’ full-fibre broadband is still not being fulfilled in rural towns and villages.
The report maintains that the absence of ‘any discernibly coherent national plan’ for the roll-out of full-fibre has meant that the quality of broadband is a matter of ‘postcode lottery’, and in particular the cost/benefit economics of deploying fibre in remote and rural areas has been a barrier.
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