Quickline brings five more rural communities up to speed with full fibre broadband

Homes and businesses in five more villages now have access to fast, reliable broadband, thanks to rural provider Quickline Communications.

Quickline staff speaking to residents about its full fibre broadband rollout

Quickline is continuing its full fibre rollout to rural locations across North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The coastal communities of Hunmanby and Staxton, near Scarborough, are the latest to benefit in North Yorkshire.

Keelby and Folkingham in Lincolnshire, and South Ferriby in North Lincolnshire, also now have access to speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

It means customers in all five locations can stream, browse and download without fear of buffering or losing connection.

The latest phase of the North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire rollout is part of Quickline’s mission to tackle the digital divide between urban and rural areas and ensure no community is left behind.

More than 6,000 households across Hunmanby, Staxton, Keelby, Folkingham and South Ferriby can now be connected to Quickline’s full fibre broadband.

Julian Chalk, Head of Network Enablement and Engagement at Quickline, said: “We’re delighted to continue our rollout of game-changing full fibre broadband to rural communities across North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

“Residents and businesses in the villages of Hunmanby, Staxton, Keelby, Folkingham and South Ferriby can now enjoy the digital experience they deserve with Quickline.

“These communities have been forced to endure slow, unreliable broadband for too long – but not anymore!”

Among the premises are addresses that form phase four of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme, a partnership between North Yorkshire Council and the authority’s technology company, Nynet, as well as Openreach and Quickline, to dramatically improve internet connections.

The fourth phase, which is being funded with more than £12 million from North Yorkshire Council, is underway to connect properties in some of the most technologically isolated areas of the county.

By the end of the fourth phase, more than 200,000 premises will have improved broadband access since the overall project began in July 2012. During the Superfast North Yorkshire programme, more than £67 million has been invested in improving internet connectivity.

North Yorkshire Council’s Executive Member for Open to Business, Councillor Derek Bastiman, whose responsibilities include broadband, said: “Communities across the whole of North Yorkshire are benefiting from the work that is underway to improve broadband connections.

“We remain firmly committed to ensuring that wherever people live or work in the county, they have the internet connectivity that they need.

“The rollout of the programme to Hunmanby and Staxton is the latest clear example of that commitment, connecting homes and businesses with broadband that is vital for life in the 21st century.”

Quickline, which has confirmed a two-year price freeze, has launched a pioneering initiative to come to the rescue of customers locked into slow, unreliable services with other providers.

The “free until you’re free” offer – the only one of its kind in the country – gives customers the chance to join Quickline for free until their existing contract runs out.

In a separate offer, new customers can choose to join Quickline for 90 days for free, with no hidden costs and no contract.

Quickline recently won two major national awards for rescuing isolated communities with its rollout of fast and reliable broadband.

It received the Best Rural Innovation Award at the Adtran UK Fibre Awards in recognition of its full fibre network.

Quickline was also successful in the Connected Britain Awards, winning the Wireless Innovation Award for its deployment of the UK’s first 5G standalone network.

For more information about Quickline’s services for rural homes and businesses, visit www.quickline.co.uk