Internet connectivity has become an important base for the rural development. Projects have been laid to provide internet services world-wide.Among them one of the important rural communities cut off from the internet revolution by poor broadband speeds are finally set to join the 21st century using the same satellite technology used at Everest Base Camp.
Families and businesses in the Yorkshire Dales and other parts of North Yorkshire are set to be given vouchers to help them connect to the web using satellites that beam broadband signals from space.
It could end decades of misery for local companies and business people who work from home, including some who are still using dial-up technology from the 1990s.
But some are worried about the cost of hooking up to the internet via space, even though they would be able to claim start-up vouchers of up to £460 via North Yorkshire County Council’s broadband partner, Superfast North Yorkshire, to install it.
Andy Ryland, community broadband development officer for charity Rural Action Yorkshire, said: “Broadband is essential for rural areas. We have farmers trying to fill in forms online and housing associations tell us that people are finding it difficult to claim benefits because they cannot get onto the internet.
“The concern is that people are leaving rural communities because they are struggling to run their businesses due to a poor internet connection. They are withdrawing their children from school and moving away, and these communities are being undermined.”