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Cumbria connected to superfast broadband

93% of homes and businesses will have superfast broadband by December 2015 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The roll out of superfast broadband is now in full swing across Cumbria, with a project to build a fibre network around the County ahead of schedule.

Connecting Cumbria will connect 93% of homes and businesses in the region with superfast broadband by December 2015. So far more than 66% have been connected.

Elsewhere in Cumbria, BT's engineers are working to deliver fibre to areas including Orton, Pooley Bridge, Grange-over-Sands, Windermere, Shap and Glenridding in 2015.

Cumbrian villagers welcome technology 'world first'

Sebergham near Wigton which is trialling new technology Credit: ITV News Border

A small village in Cumbria is at the centre of a world first in mobile phone and broadband technology. Sebergham, near Wigton, is taking part in a trial of a brand new system aimed at trying to connect remote rural areas.

The new technology works via a series of small mobile antennas and, if successful, should allow all the homes and businesses to receive a mobile phone signal and access to much faster broadband.

Mal Hilton, the Chairman of Northern Fells Broadband, has been telling ITV Border more about the scheme.


World first in mobile and broadband technology trialled

New mobile and broadband technology Credit: ITV Border News

A Cumbrian village has trialled a world first in mobile and broadband technology which will provide reliable services to rural areas.

Households and businesses in Sebergham near Penrith are all benefiting from the experiment.

Connecting Cumbria celebrates first year

93% of Cumbrian houses should have broadband by the end of next year Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria is celebrating its first year since introducing high speed internet to the county.

The project Connecting Cumbria switched on the service at the village of Yanwath near Penrith last year.

The project hopes 93 percent of Cumbrian houses will have access to the service by the end of 2015.

Residents get up to speed with Superfast broadband

An information session is being held in Newtown St Boswells to teach local people about how fibre broadband works.

A specially adapted van called the Mobile Fibre Showcase will roll into the town at 12:30 on 7 October.

It'll be based at the Scottish Borders Council HQ, and visitors can learn how to make the most of the Superfast broadband, which is being rolled out across the country.

"The Council is investing £8.4million into the rollout of superfast broadband in the Borders. This re-enforces our commitment to making sure the best broadband infrastructure is in place for households and businesses across the area. This event in Newtown St Boswells, which is open for any member of the public or business to attend, has been arranged to make sure local people are aware of the benefits fibre broadband will bring."

– Councillor Stuart Bell


£2.9million boost for super fast broadband in Cumbria

Almost £2.9 million is to be invested into super-fast broadband in Cumbria.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced the plans today, 25 February.

The money means locals projects across the country will now receive additional funding, with the hardest to reach locations amongst those who stand to benefit most.

An extra £21 million of funding has also been earmarked for Scotland.

The government plans to secure a super-fast connection for 95% of homes and businesses across he UK by 2017.

Super-fast broadband for Dales community without the big companies

A community in South Cumbria could pave the way for areas all over the country to be part of a high-speed broadband network without waiting for any big companies to install fibre-optic cable in their area.

Homes and businesses in Garsdale and Dent have teamed up to create their own community broadband company and are hoping to connect their homes in the New Year.

They have set up their own broadband company called Fibre GarDen and the community has shares in it.

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