For 14 years NYnet – a company wholly owned by ourselves – has worked solely within the public sector providing gigabit broadband to schools, hospitals, GP surgeries as well as local authorities where speed and reliability are essential.
NYnet will now extend its Local Full Fibre network to 12 rural business parks across North Yorkshire, which have historically struggled with poor connections, as part of the £3.6m investment which was awarded to us by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its allocation from the government’s Getting Building Fund.
NYnet’s Chief Executive Officer, Alastair Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be sharing the knowledge and expertise we have developed over more than a decade of working with the public sector to benefit local businesses.
“Our provision of gigabit broadband to schools has recently put the county in the top three in the country for school broadband and we hope that the expansion of our service into business parks will help put the region on the map for digital services and capabilities.”
The programme will potentially benefit more than 1,000 businesses across the county, enabling them to stay competitive and enhance the economy and attractiveness of North Yorkshire as a place to invest.
Executive Member for Access Cllr Don Mackenzie said: “NYnet is well established and highly trusted by public sector services in our region and we are delighted that these benefits will now be available to business parks in rural parts of the county that have typically struggled with reliable connectivity.
“The move to expand into the private sector and support rural business is excellent news for our local economy and comes at a time when many organisations are looking to relocate away from big cities, with advances in technology such as this making that possible.”
Helen Simpson OBE, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our region has ambitions to become a greener, fairer, stronger economy and schemes like this will help us get there. Improved digital connectivity is absolutely vital for businesses so we’re really pleased to see the continued progress of this work.”