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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Superfast broadband boost for Workington

More than 11,000 homes and businesses in Workington will have access to superfast broadband thanks to a £2.5bn programme by BT.

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Tony Cunningham

The telecommunications giant is investing the money to bring high-speed internet services to Cumbrian towns including Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport and Carlisle. Work on installing the broadband is expected to start in the next few weeks.

The news has been welcomed by Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham, who described it as a “significant step” for Workington.

He said the service would help improve growth in west Cumbria.

“High-speed digital connectivity is a defining factor in our long-term success,” he said. “At a time when our local economy needs a much-needed boost, important developments such as BT’s investment in super-fast broadband offer us the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth.”

This commercial investment by BT is in addition to the Connecting Cumbria partnership between the company and Cumbria County Council, which seeks to make fast, affordable fibre broadband to around 93 per cent of Cumbria homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the north west, said fibre broadband opened up a ‘whole new world’.

“Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre,” he said. “It’s great for education, shopping, entertainment, the social networking we now carry out routinely online and it also offers huge benefits for businesses and public services.

“The arrival of fibre in Workington can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.”

Have your say

Already got it, Have had 60 meg since the 2nd of August at seaton.

Posted by Gary on 9 September 2013 at 00:29

Actually FTTC is in Workington already. Several businesses on the Lillyhall estate have fibre connections already.

Posted by Colin on 29 April 2013 at 12:49

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