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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Walney to get faster broadband

WALNEY Island is among the latest communities in Cumbria to get faster broadband, it was announced today.

BT has announced that faster broadband is now available to more than 10,000 more homes and businesses in Cumbria.

Brampton, Walney and Wetheral will benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.

The new service is now accessible to nearly 120,000 county premises and is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.

John Grainger, managing director of Invest in Cumbria, said: “The announcement from BT confirms their commitment to the development of faster broadband in Cumbria.

“The latest areas to benefit demonstrate that it is not just the larger towns that are feeling the benefit and also that there is a geographical spread across the county.
“Cumbria is striving to be competitive in terms of its business offering and the enabling of these locations to access faster broadband is greatly welcomed. The enhanced well-being to our communities will also be derived through the ability of telecoms providers to link customers to these ever improving broadband services.”

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across the region, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.

“That’s why BT is determined to bring faster speeds to as many homes and businesses as possible.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT has already announced that fibre broadband will come to Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness and Workington later this year, and during 2013 to Maryport and Whitehaven.

Have your say

The Keep Ulverston Special brigade would be better occupied campaigning for faster broadband than trying to block the Sainsbury's planning application.
As usual, KUS is against any change regardless of the resulting benefits.

Posted by Hoad Hill on 23 October 2012 at 15:15

and about time too.......
its always been a bug bare that i pay for a 10 meg standard service package, yet rarely hit 5 Megs...... I regularly complain that i should only be paying half price, for half the service.!!

Posted by Fed up of slow broadband on 23 October 2012 at 13:11

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