Published: 6th Sep 2013
Parts of Leeds could miss on the rollout of super-fast broadband due to European funding rules.
The government originally announced proposals for the creation of a high-speed internet corridor connecting the Aire Valley to Leeds city centre and other parts of the area in a move that would connect 88,000 homes and 16,000 businesses.
However, the coalition has decided to review these plans due to fears they breach European rules on state aid, the Yorkshire Post reports.
In light of this, the leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield has written to the government and asked for an emergency meeting with communications secretary Ed Vaizey to discuss the issue.
In the letter he expressed his fears that large parts of the city will be left with "sub-optimal" broadband connections.
"This could lead to a digital divide whereby parts of Leeds and Bradford - including some of our most deprived communities - will have the worst broadband speeds in West Yorkshire, when originally they were promised the best. This is an unacceptable situation," Mr Wakefield added.
Leeds is not the only area of Yorkshire to suffer broadband disappointment, as last month it was announced the South Yorkshire Digital Region programme has been abandoned.
The scheme aimed to provide a super-fast network covering the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas, but has been scrapped due to the high cost that would have been involved.
Furthermore, Leeds is not the only UK city to have its broadband plans scuppered by European legislation. Earlier this year, the Scotsman reported that plans to improve connectivity in Edinburgh were dropped due to fears the project fell foul of EU rules regarding state aid infringements and competition.
People struggling to get a reliable internet connection in some of the UK's biggest cities should consider switching to satellite broadband. This technology can provide high speeds and is not shared with other households meaning its performance is less likely to be disrupted.
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