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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Millom awaits early broadband connection

HOMES and businesses in Millom are set to enjoy high-speed broadband nine months ahead of schedule.

Major steps forward have been taken in the roll-out programme for fibre broadband in Cumbria, which is running ahead of schedule in some parts of the county.

The first homes and businesses in Millom will go live before the end of March – while at the same time fibre will be available in Cockermouth for the first time.

These developments will result in around 4,000 more premises being able to connect to the new network.

Connecting Cumbria will enable 93 per cent of Cumbrian properties to have access to high-speed fibre broadband by the end of 2015 and other properties to get speeds of at least two megabits per second.

The Connecting Cumbria partnership builds on BT’s commercial rollout, which will bring high-speed broadband to more than 112,000 homes and businesses across Cumbria by the end of this spring.

Paul Cretney, BT’s project manager for Connecting Cumbria, said: “Despite the recent spell of bad weather, which has made engineering work more difficult in some areas, the rollout has been progressing well.

“As a result, we’ve been able to bring a number of communities forward in the programme.”

Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member responsible for economic development and lead member for Connecting Cumbria, said: “We have made a very good start. As we move forward in 2014 we will see a real push to get things up and running in other parts of the county.”

Connecting Cumbria also announced that Broughton, Caldbeck and Sedgwick will be enabled before the end of 2014, with Crosthwaite, Gosforth and Grange to follow next year.

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