From smugglers’ haven to broadband pioneers

Visitors to Robin Hood's Bay are able to utilise the village's new high-speed broadband network
Visitors to Robin Hood's Bay are able to utilise the village's new high-speed broadband network
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ROBIN Hood’s Bay has been opened up to the wider world thanks to the unveiling of the Bay Broadband wireless network.

The Bay Broadband Cooperative has been successful in becoming the latest community broadband project to be funded by Defra’s Rural Develeopment Programme for England, with investment also supported by NYnet and the Bay community.

Jim Foster, publicity officer for the cooperative said: “We were the first to bring broadband to the bay in 2004 when we created the social enterprise and this has worked well for us for some time.

“Since the technology has advanced so much and the importance of broadband to local businesses, residents, the tourist industry and visitors further increased, we needed to bring our network bang up to date.”

Visitors can access the wifi hot spot in Robin Hood’s Bay by visiting the website www.rhbmesh.net and the network is compatible for smart phones.

Bay Broadband Cooperative continues to support the commercial life of the community and has already expanded itscoverage to outlying areas od the North York Moors where no other broadband is accessible.

Mr Foster added: “One of the objectives of the cooperative is to attract and retain home workers and their families, thus contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of the community.”