High-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes in Whitby, BT announced this week.
More than 6.500 local households and firms are joing the high-speed reveloution as engineers working for the company complete the local investment in the coming weeks.
The programme is part of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre roll-out.
Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership led by the county council and BT aims to give 90% of the county’s homes fibre broadband by the end of 2014.
Whitby MP Robert Goodwill said: “This is a significant step for Whitby.
“High-speed digital connectivity is a defining factor in our long-term success.
“At a time when our local economy needs a much needed boost, important developments such as BT’s investment in super-fast broadband offer us the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth.”
At home fibre broadband enables a family to simultaneously download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the internet and play games online all at the same time.
A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.
TomKeeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber said research suggests that within 15 years, fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million, creating 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up busineses and 1,000 more homeworkers.
He added: “The arrival of fibre in Whitby can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer-back-up, all of which cut costs.”
Openreach, BT’s local network business is currently offering speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of 20Mbps.