Rural Broadband Recognised at 2010 IT Industry Awards

NYnet and North Yorkshire County Council have beaten some of the biggest names in the computing industry to win ‘Community Project of the Year’ at the national IT Industry Awards in London.  

Despite being up against the likes of Virgin Money, Microsoft and the NHS, NYnet was presented with the award for its work to deliver high-speed broadband to remote parts of rural North Yorkshire that were previously unable to access the internet.

The award recognises NYnet’s work with rural communities in North Yorkshire such as the villages of Stape and Newton-on-Rawcliffe which received broadband access for the first time earlier this year. These rural communities were ‘not spots’ or parts of the country where supplying internet access was previously considered economically unviable.

As a result NYnet’s community broadband projects, previously disadvantaged and isolated communities have been able to take advantage of the internet in a number of ways including accessing essential council services online, ordering grocery deliveries, and keeping in touch with distant relatives.

Judges recognised NYnet’s significant contribution to improving life in rural communities by providing ‘a broadband access solution to help remote communities achieve sustainability.’

Representatives from NYnet were presented with the award by host Jon Culshaw at an evening ceremony at Battersea Park Events Arena in London last week.

David Cullen, NYnet Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted that NYnet and North Yorkshire County Council have received this award especially given the high calibre of the other projects on the shortlist. Improving broadband access can genuinely make a real difference to the lives of individuals and the economic and social health of whole communities.

“Through initiatives such as the Rural Market Testing Project, we will be able to reach many more towns and villages with the overall aim of providing internet access for the whole of North Yorkshire.” 

David Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “This has been another exceptional year for the Awards, with winners drawn from a wide range of industries, once again highlighting that IT is truly embedded in our society and brings tremendous benefits to all aspects of life from industry, healthcare through to entertainment and security.

“As the Chartered Institute for IT, we offer our congratulations to all those who took part and in particular, the medallists and winners. To qualify as a finalist is terrific; to win is an absolutely fantastic achievement in these highly contested Awards.” 

The award announcement comes less than a month since North Yorkshire was selected as one of only four regions nationally to participate in the Rural Market Testing Project which will see super-fast broadband introduced in up to 27 Market Towns in the region.

The annual UK IT award scheme celebrates best practice, innovation and excellence in the IT industry. With 24 categories covering project organisation, technological and individual excellence, the awards are open to organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors. 

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NYnet was formed by North Yorkshire County Council and Yorkshire Forward with funding from the European Union, and provides a super-fast broadband network to ensure that North Yorkshire is not ‘left behind’ by the rest of the world in the next phase of the internet revolution.

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