BT Openreach launching high-speed fibre broadband in Holderness village

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 25 Jan 2017

Homes and businesses in a Holderness village are looking forward to a superfast future, after residents took matters into their own hands to secure high-speed fibre broadband.

Tunstall residents joined forces with offshore wind farm operator Dong Energy for help in funding a high-speed broadband connection.

They made the move after finding out their community was not part of current fibre broadband roll-out plans.

The company agreed to fund the installation, which will provide access to new fibre-to-the-cabinet technology (FTTC), offering speeds up to 80Mbps to village properties.

The work will be carried out by Openreach, BT's local network business, which is also helping to fund the project.

Superfast download speeds, which should be available towards the end of this year, will mean streaming high-definition TV or movies online, uploading big files in seconds and using video-calling services, will all be possible.

Villager Mark Ridpath, who helped lead the community campaign along with Stephen and Christine Midgley, said: "Currently, you're lucky if you get 1Mbps in download speed. It really doesn't allow you to do very much.

"We're over the moon about getting fibre – my wife is planning to leave her job later this year and set up her own foot care business. Having access to high-speed broadband will really help her to get it off the ground.

"Having superfast speeds will give me the freedom to work from home, but also doing things like video conferencing will be so much easier. I have a brother living in New Zealand, who we don't see very often, so it will really help us to keep in touch.

"There are quite a few families here and having fibre will also help children living here get online to complete homework assignments or access educational recourses to help them with schoolwork."

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The coastal village has several farms which should also benefit.

Mr Ridpath, a BBC engineer, said: "Farmers now need the internet for all the stuff they do, things like getting access to the latest market information, keeping equipment secure with broadband powered CCTV or for selling farm shop produce online.

"Being able to benefit from faster download speeds becomes more important as more home devices connect to the internet and so many things are accessed or delivered online."

Julian Carolan, senior environment and consents specialist at Dong Energy, said the company is committed to supporting communities where it operates.

He said: "We hope the installation of this high-speed broadband will provide long-term benefits to Tunstall for many years to come.

"We are extremely proud of our role in this part of the country and have committed funding for a brand new promenade feature in nearby Withernsea as well."

Openreach spokeswoman Emma Peace said: "It is great to be able to work with communities like Tunstall village to find a fibre broadband solution."

Because the work is being carried out by Openreach, BT's local network business, residents in all of the CFP areas will have a choice of internet service providers and be able to choose from a wide range of packages.

Visit find out about entering into a community fibre partnership with BT.

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