Broadband services in rural areas have been discussed at public meetings in Hawick and Denholm. Internet connections are slow and unreliable in parts of the Borders. It can cause real problems for businesses, as Joe Pike reports:
Broadband service in rural areas has been discussed at public meetings in Hawick and Denholm.
Customers say their internet connections are slow and unreliable.
BT argue they are trying to resolve the problem and are investing billions to improve the network.
But residents are still unhappy:
Westmorland MP Tim Farron believes Cumbria County Council need to be more clear about its plan toe roll out super-fast broadband.
The £23.8 million initiative would see the county have higher internet speeds by 2015.
He believes the plans still lacks the 'required detail' for people to understand what kind of broadband service they will receive.
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.
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.
A Cumbrian village has become the first to benefit from super-fast fibre broadband, delivered by the Connecting Cumbria project.
Yanwath is now connected to the main exchange at Penrith by fibre, rather than copper cable connections.
Schoolchildren, business owners and villagers came together this afternoon to celebrate the switch-on.
Watch the full report from Kim Inglis below.
Children in a Cumbrian village are among those celebrating the switch on of the first new super fast fibre broadband supply delivered by the the Connecting Cumbria Project.
Yanwath's new cabinet is connected by fibre to Penrith's main exchange giving faster broadband speeds
Politicians in Dumfries and Galloway are worried about the "worryingly low" registration rate for fibre-optic broadband.
The Scottish Government has asked people in south-west Scotland to register their interest for the services.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is warning people that unless they make their voices heard, the region will be one of the last areas to receive the upgrade.