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A £10 million injection of funding should ensure North Yorkshire reaches its goal of 100 per cent fibre broadband coverage by 2017, it has been claimed.

North Yorkshire County Council's executive is to add another £3 million to the Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) programme, matching the extra finance provided by Broadband Delivery UK.

A further £2 million has been made available from the European Regional Development Fund, and the Superfast North Yorkshire contractor - broadband provider BT - is to add another £2 million to the project.

"This is a massive step forward in our aim to establish high-speed broadband accessibility for 100 per cent of North Yorkshire by the end of 2017," said County Councillor Carl Les, Chairman of the SFNY programme and Deputy Leader of the council.

"With this extra funding, we will be able to penetrate the more remote parts of our very rural county, to communities and businesses which hitherto had little hope of reaping the advantages and rewards of high-speed internet access."

The SFNY programme is already on target to complete its initial phase - with almost 90 per cent of homes and businesses across the county set to have super-fast broadband access by autumn 2014.

Some 400 fibre broadband cabinets have been switched on in North Yorkshire since the next-generation upgrade began in 2013.

New cabinets have been added to the fibre network at the rate of more than 25 every month, ensuring more premises can gain access to super-fast broadband.

The SFNY team will use newly-developed technology - including the use of small cabinets attached to telegraph poles - to penetrate the most remote areas, such as those based in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks.

"Access to high-speed broadband is vitally important to the economic prosperity of the county," Councillor Les stated.

"This new funding means we will be able to ensure it is virtually universally accessible. Further funding is available and will be released once the impact of this latest [amount] has been assessed."

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