Thursday, December 22, 2016

Great news for Copeland as government acts on Superfast Broadband

Great news for Copeland and Cumbria as the government acts to ensure that rural areas of the UK reap the advantages of Superfast broadband: about 600,000 homes will benefit from a £440 million boost to help them get connected.

Better internet links vital to many small businesses in Cumbria and will also be helpful to local families in their homes so this is very good news for our area.

The money to pay for this will come from £150 million in efficiency savings plus returned subsidies from BT under the terms of a deal under which the government and the Telecommunications company are co-operating to roll out superfast broadband.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said homes and businesses in some of the most remote areas of the UK would enjoy faster internet speeds as a result of this initiative.

The government plans to ensure that 95% of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn statements that more than a billion pounds of taxpayers' money will be spend on improving fibre broadband and the development of 5G.

Source here.

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