BRADFORDIANS are being urged to exploit broadband boost with tens of thousands of people yet to sign up to faster, fibre broadband.

A £48.4 million programme, led by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Openreach, means many communities initially considered unviable for fibre technology are now able to connect.

More than half of homes and businesses within the programme area have already signed up to faster broadband

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and leader for Bradford Council, said: “This programme of investment in superfast and full fibre broadband is expected to add £113 million to our regional economy by supporting businesses to grow, access new markets and create the jobs of the future."

“Increasing access to faster broadband will also support our pathway to becoming a net-zero carbon City Region by 2038 by enabling more people to work from home and allowing us to explore how emerging technology such as autonomous vehicles could be used in the future.”