Julian has welcomed the Chief Executive of the Government organisation responsible for the delivery of better broadband to North Yorkshire to showcase the work being done improving connectivity.
Chris Townsend, who held commercial roles at Transport for London and BSkyB before joining the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, now runs BDUK, which is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
He was invited to North Yorkshire by the MP so he could see the strong progress being made rolling out high speed, high quality internet connections to homes and businesses across the county by the Superfast North Yorkshire project team. 17,000 additional premises have been connected so far as a direct result of BDUK’s work but, as one of the most rural areas of the country, there is more to do.
During the visit, Mr Townsend heard about the challenges that remain in ensuring as many people as possible are able to access better broadband services and discussed what more can be done to ensure those who have access to new, improved connections take-up that opportunity.
“The Government is investing millions into improving broadband services to homes and businesses across North Yorkshire and good progress is being made on the roll-out.
“I felt it was important that the man now tasked with leading the national delivery of these schemes should see the work being done here which was why I extended the invitation for him to visit my constituency and meet with me and the Superfast North Yorkshire team.
“We discussed the challenges that remain in ensuring better connectivity reaches as many premises as possible and how we can showcase the opportunities that better broadband brings for boosting home life, education and our economy.”