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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Plans to establish an ultra-fast broadband corridor in Yorkshire are set to be dropped. 

The project would have seen around 88,000 homes and 16,000 businesses in Leeds, Bradford and Shipley connected by the network. However, the scheme is to be scrapped due to fears it will breach European Union (EU) regulations, the Yorkshire post reports. 

A joint statement from the leaders of Bradford and Leeds City Councils David Green and Keith Wakefield said they are "disappointed that the original Super-Connected Cities plan has been altered at a national level by the government".

They added both local authorities have submitted alternative proposals for how to use public funding to improve broadband in the region and are awaiting a response from Whitehall.

This is not the first scheme to fall foul of EU legislation, as a similar project in Edinburgh was cancelled after it was discovered it breached European competition laws.

Yorkshire residents who are looking for improved internet access could benefit from the Tooway service provided by Avonline Broadband.

Posted by Craig Roberts