Rural communication equipment!
Some of our equipment is located in hard to reach places subject to some of the most extreme weather the North Sea coast can throw at us - The Beast from the East
Bay Broadband volunteer Graham
Our volunteers are out in all weather supporting the Bay Broadband infrastructure. Here Graham can be seen modelling the standard issue Bay Broadband service uniform issued to all staff who are willing to walk in two foot of snow
Network cabling and switches hidden in a local pub!
Aerials at a remote farm
The Bay Broadband Co-operative operates the community lead microwave broadband service in Robin Hood's Bay and surrounding area
The co-operative project, which survives on its income and “is currently making a sustainable profit“, charges £8 a month for locals to access the service (between £3 a day to £10 a week for visitors / guests) and is fed by a fibre optic connection in nearby Whitby. The signal is then broadcast out (over a 7 mile radius) and reinforced through about 30 strategically placed repeaters in the village and surrounding area. Today the upgraded network supplies over 140 subscribers and has also connected up local holiday cottages, bed and breakfasts and three hotels (the Flask Inn, the Grosvenor and the Bay Hotel).
We are supported by Defra and NYnet
“We have been working closely with Bay Broadband Cooperative since we began looking at community projects in 2008 and have worked through every option to provide a connection from our core network into Bay’s gateway. Finally we were able to find a good solution by working with the NYCC Environmental Centre at the Whitby Business Park. It’s thanks to their approval and cooperation that we were able to provide the vital link. I am absolutely delighted that we could help the community continue with their hard work to make the Bay a great place to work and live.”
Julie Burton, Community Officer for NYnet