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£1billion announced for rural broadband improvement

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Broadband speed and reliability remain a problem in many areas of the region but there are hopes the £1billion for faster broadband announced in the chancellor's autumn statement may make a difference.

However, there are hundreds of rural businesses that rely more and more on the internet to grow and maintain their operation, and who don't believe that today's announcement will help them:


1 in 4 Jedburgh residents sign up to super fast broadband so far

70% of the Scottish Borders can access super fast broadband Credit: PA.

One in four people have signed up to use super fast broadband in the Scottish Borders so far.

Around 70% of the region now has access to the service which provides much higher speeds, allowing people to stream videos and download large files.

Friday last week saw the launch of the latest super fast broadband cabinet in Jedburgh but residents and businesses wishing to use the service need to contact their supplier.


Pokémon Go players urged to stay safe in countryside

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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging Pokémon Go players to take care when they use the app in the countryside.

They're also asking them to make sure they don't trespass on private property.

The group represents thousands of farmers, landowners and businesses in the north of England, and they've issued the following top tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Stick to designated public rights of way as marked on the map or sign posts
  • Keep dogs on a lead around farm animals and horses but let the lead go if they give chase
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow the Countryside Code

Carlisle church becomes Pokemon Go hotspot

Christ the King Church Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle church has been unusually busy - all because of the Pokemon Go craze.

People have been gathering at Christ the King in Harraby, which in the Pokemon world is classed as a 'gym'.

The aim of the game is for players to meet up and take part in virtual battles with their Pokemon characters.

Playing Pokemon Go Credit: ITV Border

Michael Docherty, Parish Priest of Christ the King, says players are welcome to pop into the church.

We'd welcome any players. The church is open morning through to evening. They can pop in, light a candle you know refresh themselves after fighting in the gym... whatever that means.

– Fr Michael Docherty, Parish Priest
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