East Riding of Yorkshire Council worked in partnership with Redcentric, Openreach and KCOM as part of the Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) and Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programmes.
The aim of the programmes – designed primarily with local authorities in mind – is to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks in both rural and urban locations.
The Government has identified full fibre broadband and 5G as being essential to its plan to level up the UK. Ministers are delivering a £5billion programme called Project Gigabit to bring next-generation connections to rural areas that would otherwise have been left behind by commercial providers.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The successful delivery of these two full fibre broadband programmes will be a boost to our more rural schools, making a welcome difference for both pupils and staff as they continue their learning.
“We want to continue to provide the best, cutting-edge technological capabilities to our region, and this is an essential example of this forward thinking.”
Councillor Victoria Aitken, portfolio holder for children and young people’s education, health and wellbeing at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: “This investment for our young people will give great opportunities across our rural schools. It will help them embrace new ways of learning and introduce them to the digital world of education.”