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Big increase in take-up of fibre-optic broadband in Cumbria

David Southward: 'Demand for better broadband is clear'.
David Southward: 'Demand for better broadband is clear'.
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:43PM

MORE than 120,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria now have fibre-optic broadband, new figures show.

The proportion of premises with a fast connection has doubled in the past year from 13.8 to 29.5 per cent.

Much of the increase is down to the success of Connecting Cumbria, a multi-million pound partnership between Cumbria County Council and BT.

David Southward, the council’s cabinet member responsible for economic development, said: “So much we do these days relies on a fast internet connection whether we’re at home or at work.

“And demand for better, faster broadband in Cumbria is clear – in the past year twice as many homes and businesses have signed-up to use the new technology installed as part of the Connecting Cumbria programme.”

Some of the most recent areas to benefit from the fibre broadband rollout include Wigton, Pooley Bridge, Dockray and Grayrigg.

All of the engineering work as part of Connecting Cumbria is being carried out by BT's Openreach.

When an area has gone ‘live’ for fibre, people need to contact their service provider to upgrade as it doesn’t happen automatically. Because the network is ‘open’, they have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers. To check availability, visit www.connectingcumbria.org.uk.

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Martin   Ward , Low Plains - Calthwaite Monday, 25 July, 2016 at 11:11AM
Take up would be even greater if BT would actually offer fibre broadband to all premises! I have been requesting it for so long now and keep getting spurious replies
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Andrew   Chappell , Great Broughton Monday, 25 July, 2016 at 9:57AM
Some parts of Great Broughton have been told that fibre broad band will not be coming to their homes/business. Dial up would be faster than what we have now.
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