Broadband roll out for RAF homes

The last RAF Leeming service families' accommodation to receive wireless broadband ' from left: Julie Burton (NYnet), Philip Beadnall and Martin Boswell (I Love Broadband), Group Capt Tony Innes and Sgt Mark Eames (RAF Leeming), Gordon Armstrong (Dorlcote Aerials) and Paul Crane (NYnet). (S)
The last RAF Leeming service families' accommodation to receive wireless broadband ' from left: Julie Burton (NYnet), Philip Beadnall and Martin Boswell (I Love Broadband), Group Capt Tony Innes and Sgt Mark Eames (RAF Leeming), Gordon Armstrong (Dorlcote Aerials) and Paul Crane (NYnet). (S)

AN RAF Leeming project to bring broadband connectivity to service families’ homes has drawn to a close as the last house to be connected was handed over.

The homes have been connected to the internet for many years but only via what is now considered a slow ‘dial-up’ connection.

As of this month, all RAF Leeming families will now have access to high-speed wireless broadband as partners NYnet and I Love Broadband handover the last family quarter to be connected.

NYnet is a public and private sector commercial venture created by North Yorkshire County Council to provide a communications network capable of delivering multiple services across the county.

NYnet’s role is to provide an ultra high-speed internet network to ensure North Yorkshire is not left behind as information technology advances.  For the public sector it offers massively improved e-services. 

RAF Leeming’s station commander, Grp Capt Tony Innes, said: “Eighteen months ago when I arrived at Leeming, I was made aware of the lack of high speed broadband for our families and made this one of my key projects.

“We spent a lot of time discussing many options and we heard of NYnet through our strategic partnerships with local government. The handing over of the final family’s quarter with wireless broadband represents a real milestone for the station.

“Broadband is taken for granted as part of daily life. Thanks to NYnet, I Love Broadband and our project manager, Sgt Mark Eames, our service families are now able to contact loved ones on deployed operations.”