A NATIONAL Park Authority has reaffirmed its commitment to support the rollout of broadband to remote communities as soon as possible.

Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are determined to help push for the service following a presentation at Tuesday’s (December 18) Authority meeting by NYnet — a commercial venture set up by North Yorkshire County Council — explaining its plans to provide all small businesses and citizens of North Yorkshire with high-speed broadband.

Earlier this year Authority Chairman Carl Lis revealed that the need to have good quality broadband by 2015 was one of the proposed objectives in the draft National Park Management Plan.

He said it was crucial for local businesses and households that all premises across the National Park should have decent broadband access – with superfast broadband in place for areas with significant population.

Yesterday Mr Lis said: “It’s unbelievable that – despite all the technology available – remote rural areas haven’t got broadband simply because the low population and difficult terrain have meant that it’s not commercially viable for the companies to invest in the infrastructure.

“The Authority is totally committed to helping to get broadband into the National Park in the best way possible, and has been actively involved in providing advice and support to schemes in Upper Wharfedale, Littondale, Garsdale and Dentdale.

“We will continue to offer this support and do everything we can to reach our objective as soon as possible.”