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Openreach has now connected 200 hard-to-reach communities across the UK as a result of a partnership scheme that involves local residents.

The village of Follifoot, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is the latest beneficiary of the scheme, which sees broadband infrastructure jointly funded by Openreach, local people and the government's Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

As a result of the upgrades, occupants of 11 households near the village are now getting broadband speeds that are 75 times faster than the 1Mbps speeds they were receiving previously.

Derek Richardson, Openreach programme director in Yorkshire and the Humber, said Follifoot has marked a "major milestone in the success of a national scheme".

"We know how important fast internet is to communities and are determined to make this exciting technology as widely available as possible," he commented.

"Whether it’s streaming TV in the home, doing homework online or downloading large files in the office, superfast broadband makes doing anything online faster."

Mr Richardson went on to urge any community that isn't part of any current fibre plans to contact Openreach "to see what we can do for them".

Martin Bentley, the resident who led the campaign for better connectivity in Follifoot, added that the upgrade to superfast broadband is "making the world of difference to our everyday lives".

He noted that in the past, even basic online tasks such as watching a film or downloading an email attachment were a struggle.

Furthermore, he said residents would often have to use 4G via their mobile phones, which was "far from ideal" as it was costly and used lots of data.

"Now every member of the family can be online at the same time," Mr Bentley stated.

"The kids can watch Netflix while we're online checking emails or doing the online shopping without so much as a noticeable drop in speed."

Mr Bentley added that the broadband upgrades have also enabled people to work from home when they need to, therefore offering them a much better work-life balance.

"Before, the speeds we were getting just weren't fast enough to get any work done," he said.

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