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Rural broadband may go wireless
Community initiatives to bring wireless broadband internet services to parts of rural North Yorkshire have been welcomed by business leaders.

The regional office of the Country Land and Business Association said funding from the Yorkshire Forward development agency could speed the process.

More than 20 telephone exchanges in the county are too remote for conventional high-speed internet connections.

Horton in Ribblesdale, Arncliffe, and Goathland are among those affected.

Remoter parts

The Yorkshire Forward funding would be welcomed in such villages, said the association's regional adviser Jane Harrison.

"There are 22 rural exchanges serving many of the remoter parts of Yorkshire that cannot have ADSL connections over ordinary telephone wires in the foreseeable future.

"Satellite broadband is expensive for farmers and rural businesses, but a wireless network sharing a connection would be affordable if there was a group of users in a particular area," added Ms Harrison.

The Country Land and Business Association, which represents 4000 rural businesses in the region, has spent two years campaigning for affordable broadband for all.

Community approaches, involving as few as 10 potential subscribers of which two would have to be businesses, are eligible for the Yorkshire Forward cash.

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