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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

MP 'incredibly angry' at broadband roll-out plans

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has said that today’s announcement of the superfast broadband roll-out “fails” people in South Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council and BT revealed a schedule of the work for the two and a half year programme including a first batch of communications exchanges being upgraded this year with fibre technology to enable the delivery of superfast broadband.

Mr Farron says he is "incredibly angry", claiming that many of the schemes connecting Westmorland to the network are scheduled for later in the roll-out. "The plan was drawn up by the previous Conservative-Labour alliance at county hall. It means that communities in our area could be left till last and the work could take two and half years," he said.

Mr Farron said: “I have been warning the County Council for months and months and I asked them to make sure that South Lakeland got the roll out it needs. This decision will impact on our local economy and I want BT and the County Council to think again. This isn’t a positive plan – it is disadvantaging local residents and businesses in our area. They deserve much better than this.

"After I helped secure the money from government, all I asked was that a decent percentage was spent in our community. The council have not done this and have done the total opposite, meaning that local residents could now have to wait years for decent broadband. I am incredibly angry about these plans; I think they fail local people.” 

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