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A community broadband initiative is helping rural consumers gain access to broadband services in North Yorkshire, it has been reported.

Residents and businesses in Newton-on-Rawcliffe, and Stape, near Pickering, will finally be hooked up to the national broadband network through a joint initiative involving Yorkshire Forward, North Yorkshire County Council and NextGenUs UK.

According to the Yorkshire Post, the scheme is designed to get more people online in a county where just 64 per cent of consumers currently have internet access.

Stape resident Norah Moxon told the news provider how she had embraced technology as a result of the service.

Broadband is now helping her to do her food shopping, arrange doctors appointments and order online prescriptions, she explained.

"The internet provides a window to the world and this has made a huge difference," Ms Moxon commented.

Last week, Jo Robotham, Spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said the government is "determined" to reduce the UK's digital divide by improving broadband services for the entire nation.

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