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Kirklees has opted not take part in a £22 million project that claims it will bring superfast broadband to West Yorkshire.

The initiative is being led by BT, but a councillor for Kirklees has explained that the region is not satisfied the scheme will produce an acceptable return on investment for residents in the area, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

Peter McBride, Kirklees cabinet member for investment and regeneration, said: "[The council] remains to be convinced the scheme provides sufficient value for money for many parts of Kirklees, particularly the business community where broadband service can be especially inadequate."

The project will continue with four participating councils - Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield - contributing towards the £21.96 million investment. 

Kirklees council may wish to consider satellite broadband as an alternative to the scheme. Avonline can provide even those in remote areas with fast, reliable broadband connections, which utilise signals sent from a satellite in space and so do not require expensive investments infrastructure investments.

Posted by Craig Roberts