More than 1,300 homes and businesses in and around Leitholm and Coldstream can now connect to fibre broadband.
The 300 homes and businesses in Leitholm and the 1,000 in Coldstream are among the 16,000 Scottish Borders premises now able to access fibre broadband due to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.
To celebrate the occasion, Mid-Berwickshire Ward Members – councillors Frances Renton, Donald Moffat and John Greenwell - and members of the Digital Scotland programme unveiled one of Leitholm’s new fibre cabinets – with a golden 16K sign attached to mark the event.
Combined with BT’s commercial coverage, it means that more than 38,000 premises across the Borders can now sign up with a service provider to receive fibre broadband.
As part of the day’s events, the Digital Scotland team were also in nearby Coldstream at the Court House Place Car Park where residents were able to attend a special drop-in event. Representatives from the Digital Scotland team were on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on signing up with a service provider.
The £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to parts of Scotland not included in commercial providers’ investment plans.
The local premises are among more than 350,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps* as part of the rollout, being delivered on the ground by engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach.
Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time more quickly than ever before. In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has contributed £8.4 million to the Digital Scotland rollout in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities.
More than 300 homes and businesses in Leitholm are the latest to benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
The project team says in total, 16,000 properties in the Scottish Borders can now connect to fibre services.
The technology means more people can download and share large files at the same time, and quicker than before.
The aim is to increase fibre coverage to 95 percent of Scottish properties by 2017.
John Stevenson, the MP for Carlisle, is pushing for the city to be included in the 'Super Connected Cities' programme.
He's writing to John Whittingdale, the new Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to ask for Carlisle to be accepted onto the programme.
It would make it easier for small and medium businesses to apply for government funding for broadband.
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Businesses, which were left without access to phones and the internet, say they will be seeking compensation for lost trade.
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Homes and businesses in Stainburn, Workington, have been given temporary Broadband and phone access, after seven power cables were accidentally cut last Friday.
Around 300 fault reports were sent to BT Openreach, and many people were without services for almost a week:
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Homes in part of Stainburn, in Workington have had no broadband or phone lines for almost a week after underground cables were accidentally damaged.
It's thought around 70 people are affected, including local businesses. Openreach maintains the local network and says the damage was caused by a separate contractor but that it's now checking out what repairs are needed.
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.