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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Quicker broadband for 51,600 Cumbrian homes and firms

Faster broadband has been rolled out to another 51,600 homes and businesses in Cumbria.

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John Grainger

Users in Cockermouth, Keswick and Maryport are among the latest communities to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service.

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.

John Grainger, managing director of Invest in Cumbria, said: “This investment is further great news for Cumbria.

“It’s good to see more communities benefiting from the roll-out of faster broadband through the upgrade of BT’s copper network. This technology will create new opportunities, giving our businesses a competitive edge as well as opening new doors for people of every age and background.”

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “Increasingly, broadband is an essential part of everyday life, whether you’re Christmas shopping online, sharing photographs and videos with the family, working in an office or as a homeworker, improving your education or just wanting to download a film or programme online.

“It has the power to transform every aspect of our lives and is a vital part of ensuring the future prosperity of communities across Cumbria and the wider North West region.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5bn roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the spring of 2014 – and Cumbria County Council’s partnership with BT, which will bring fibre broadband to parts of Cumbria not covered by any commercial roll-out of fibre.

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