Cabinet has today approved the South Yorkshire Digital Connectivity Strategy which will improve digital connectivity in Barnsley and the wider city region. The strategy aims to accelerate investment in fibre technology, maximise take-up of ultrafast broadband and increase the use of digital technology in homes and businesses.
Barnsley is well served by the current generation of 4G digital technology and has celebrated the successful completion of their first phase of Superfast South Yorkshire, delivering broadband to nearly 95,000 residents and businesses across South Yorkshire. The next generation of digital connectivity technology includes full-fibre networks and 5G cellular networks which Barnsley is yet to adopt.
To meet future demands for speed, capacity and reliability, the adoption of the Digital Connectivity Strategy will encourage investors to consider Barnsley as a priority. The proposals for improving digital connectivity will be pursued over the next three years and aim to seek further investment in the Superfast South Yorkshire programme, produce a transport network digital connectivity plan and provide the necessary internet access in social housing.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The Digital Connectivity Strategy has an ambitious vision; that by 2021 South Yorkshire will be recognised as one of the best-connected regions in the country.
“We’re committed to putting Barnsley at the forefront of digital connectivity where coverage, choice and speed of communication stay ahead of demand. This strategy will allow us to establish ourselves as a 5G-ready region so that residents, workers and visitors are always connected.”
More information on the full cabinet report can be found at https://barnsleymbc.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=135&MId=5778.