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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.

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.