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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

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£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.

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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.

Full Report: Super-fast broadband in Cumbria

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.

Politicians concerned about broadband in D&G

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.

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