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FibreGarDen finally begins digging for gigabit broadband victory

Rural broadband project Fibre GarDen is seeing green shoots as work to bring 100Mbps services to Cumbrian folks finally begins. 

After a few several teething troubles during the planning phase of the Digital Dales project, digging has finally got underway. 

An initial 3,000 metre run of cable has successfully been fitted, marking the first practical step towards delivering up to 100Mbps FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband to the two rural villages of Garsdale and Dentdale in Cumbria. 

Once complete, the network will see every property in both Garsdale and Dentdale – roughly 580 homes – and some of the surrounding areas, connected up to broadband, which will provide speeds far above the current UK average of 22.8Mbps. 

Customers will be given a choice between two tiers of broadband access. The entry-level 30Mbps service, which will come with a 40GB data allowance, will cost a modest £25 per month, while the top-tier 100Mbps unlimited service will cost £45 per month

The project, which is part funded by the Government’s Rural Community Broadband Fund and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development Fund, will stretch to 64km when complete. Contractors working on the project will have to overcome a number of potentially tricky geographical features on their way to laying the entire 29,000 metres of cable. 

The company responsible for laying the cable, ITS, estimate that the first properties should be able to hook up to the network by the summer, and it’s hoped that the work should be completed by March 2016.

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