Englefield family call for improved internet access in Ulleskelf

York Press: Bridget Englefield with sons Hugh, Dale and Miles who are calling for improved internet access in Ulleskelf Bridget Englefield with sons Hugh, Dale and Miles who are calling for improved internet access in Ulleskelf

A FAMILY from North Yorkshire has appealed to their MP to help improve internet access in the area, saying slow connections are hindering their children’s education.

The Englefield family, of Ulleskelf, have to make a two-hour round trip to get decent access to the internet, despite faster broadband already being offered in nearby Tadcaster.

Bridget Englefield, of Church Fenton Lane, said she hoped the focus for broadband rollout would be on smaller villages rather than larger towns, as the lack of internet access meant youths were left with nothing to do.

Mrs Englefield said: “Although it would be nice to have it in Tadcaster, it’s more important to look at the outlying villages that have few provisions for teenagers where the internet is the one form of entertainment they have. Particularly with the cutbacks in public transport it’s difficult for teens to get out and do things.

“There probably aren’t a lot of really rural villages in the Selby area, but Ulleskelf is one of them. Because we have such little contact with the towns because of the contact problems.”

Mrs Englefield’s three sons, Dale, 16, Hugh, 14, and Miles, 10, have to take turns on the computer if internet access is required. 

Hugh studies Information and Communications Technology as a GCSE subject and Dale is studying for a diploma in Software Development at York College

Due to current internet speeds, the family often have to travel to their grandfather’s house in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to complete their homework.

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, has launched a consultation to have free WiFi in Tadcaster, with fast and reliable connections at homes and businesses to the east of the River Wharfe.

He said: “Ulleskelf is a village I have been aware of for a number of years with a poor level of broadband speed. My team and I have been working on this for well over a year.

“We already have a WiFi service available in the village, which I launched about a year ago, which has had a very low take-up.

“However, I am pleased to report having had some issues with power to the cabinet the work is scheduled to be completed in April to bring superfast broadband to Ulleskelf.

“The cable has already been laid, the cabinet is already installed, but there have been delays getting power to it.”

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1:20pm Sat 28 Dec 13

ScottArten says...

I have 2MB broadband (Kexby, York) but I also use the WiFi hotspot feature on my mobile phone when needed, which is 2-4 times faster-dependent on network load I suggest investigating or upgrading your mobile phone package to unlimited data and use the mobile phones "WiFi hotspot" feature to get a second internet connection. I pay (Three UK) £32 a month for my mobile package. However this is dependent on your networks coverage being able to provide DATA (not to be confused with voice and text) service in your area (three does) and would involve extra expense be it an upgrade or another contract which I'm sure would be cheaper than a months worth of travelling to Newark.!

Things you NEED if you go the mobile phone route:
Untethered and unlimited internet
A network that can provide 3G or faster data services.
I have 2MB broadband (Kexby, York) but I also use the WiFi hotspot feature on my mobile phone when needed, which is 2-4 times faster-dependent on network load I suggest investigating or upgrading your mobile phone package to unlimited data and use the mobile phones "WiFi hotspot" feature to get a second internet connection. I pay (Three UK) £32 a month for my mobile package. However this is dependent on your networks coverage being able to provide DATA (not to be confused with voice and text) service in your area (three does) and would involve extra expense be it an upgrade or another contract which I'm sure would be cheaper than a months worth of travelling to Newark.! Things you NEED if you go the mobile phone route: Untethered and unlimited internet A network that can provide 3G or faster data services. ScottArten

3:16pm Sat 28 Dec 13

mike.......durkin says...

am mobile on my net work 3 on my lap top and i go all over in the carvan
and its fast.
am mobile on my net work 3 on my lap top and i go all over in the carvan and its fast. mike.......durkin

7:43pm Sat 28 Dec 13

old_selebian says...

This is a non story. Why didn't they sign upto the wifi service a year ago when it was launched in their village?
This is a non story. Why didn't they sign upto the wifi service a year ago when it was launched in their village? old_selebian

4:33am Sun 29 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

ScottArten wrote:
I have 2MB broadband (Kexby, York) but I also use the WiFi hotspot feature on my mobile phone when needed, which is 2-4 times faster-dependent on network load I suggest investigating or upgrading your mobile phone package to unlimited data and use the mobile phones "WiFi hotspot" feature to get a second internet connection. I pay (Three UK) £32 a month for my mobile package. However this is dependent on your networks coverage being able to provide DATA (not to be confused with voice and text) service in your area (three does) and would involve extra expense be it an upgrade or another contract which I'm sure would be cheaper than a months worth of travelling to Newark.!

Things you NEED if you go the mobile phone route:
Untethered and unlimited internet
A network that can provide 3G or faster data services.
Be aware that using your mobile phone as a 'tethering' or 'hotspot' device can fall foul of 'fair use' policies, and if your operator finds out they may throttle your data consumption or cut your contract entirely.

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Anyway, stating that the internet is "the only source of entertainment" for youths in villages like this is a sad inditement of this current generation of young adults - at the very least there might be a PS3/4 or an Xbox sitting in the corner that doesn't necessarily need the internet... otherwise there's things you can do on the computer that don't require the internet (except for initial purchase), such as computer animation... or otherwise perhaps meeting up with friends to wile the time away.....
[quote][p][bold]ScottArten[/bold] wrote: I have 2MB broadband (Kexby, York) but I also use the WiFi hotspot feature on my mobile phone when needed, which is 2-4 times faster-dependent on network load I suggest investigating or upgrading your mobile phone package to unlimited data and use the mobile phones "WiFi hotspot" feature to get a second internet connection. I pay (Three UK) £32 a month for my mobile package. However this is dependent on your networks coverage being able to provide DATA (not to be confused with voice and text) service in your area (three does) and would involve extra expense be it an upgrade or another contract which I'm sure would be cheaper than a months worth of travelling to Newark.! Things you NEED if you go the mobile phone route: Untethered and unlimited internet A network that can provide 3G or faster data services.[/p][/quote]Be aware that using your mobile phone as a 'tethering' or 'hotspot' device can fall foul of 'fair use' policies, and if your operator finds out they may throttle your data consumption or cut your contract entirely. ---- Anyway, stating that the internet is "the only source of entertainment" for youths in villages like this is a sad inditement of this current generation of young adults - at the very least there might be a PS3/4 or an Xbox sitting in the corner that doesn't necessarily need the internet... otherwise there's things you can do on the computer that don't require the internet (except for initial purchase), such as computer animation... or otherwise perhaps meeting up with friends to wile the time away..... Magicman!

5:27pm Sun 29 Dec 13

the butler says...

It would seem that this family need to wake up to what is available for the if only they would stand up from their seats by doing more research, Asking the suppliers what is the state of any new installation in their area; President Kennedy said it for you some years ago. " Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country" the Butler
It would seem that this family need to wake up to what is available for the if only they would stand up from their seats by doing more research, Asking the suppliers what is the state of any new installation in their area; President Kennedy said it for you some years ago. " Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country" the Butler the butler

6:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

the butler wrote:
It would seem that this family need to wake up to what is available for the if only they would stand up from their seats by doing more research, Asking the suppliers what is the state of any new installation in their area; President Kennedy said it for you some years ago. " Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country" the Butler
Got to be the least apposite use of THAT quotation ever. Well done butler!
[quote][p][bold]the butler[/bold] wrote: It would seem that this family need to wake up to what is available for the if only they would stand up from their seats by doing more research, Asking the suppliers what is the state of any new installation in their area; President Kennedy said it for you some years ago. " Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country" the Butler[/p][/quote]Got to be the least apposite use of THAT quotation ever. Well done butler! CaroleBaines

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