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First Cumbrian village connected to superfast broadband with BDUK money

The first Cumbrian village to benefit from the government’s BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) project has been connected. 

Residents of Yanwath will now be able to enjoy superfast broadband speeds of at least 24Mbps. More than 120 properties will now have access to fibre-based broadband thanks to the installation of the first street cabinet. 

The average speeds available to residents prior to the deployment of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) was 3Mbps. 

First Cumbrian village connected to superfast broadband with BDUK money
BT apprentice Zac Wood poses for the camera

Read Recombu Digital’s guides to BDUK and the BT Broadband RolloutBT, which was handed the contact for Connecting Cumbria, will connect 93 per cent of premises across the region to superfast broadband. The project has been subjected to several delays but we’re now seeing the first green shoots emerging. 

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of Next Generation Access said: “This is an important landmark and illustrates our determination to get this exciting technology to more challenging locations – which fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans.”

BDUK was set up to extend availability of superfast fibre-based broadband to rural areas which typically are ignored by big ISPs for commercial and technical reasons. 

Over 10,000 locations in Cumbria, one of the UK’s most poorly served areas in terms of broadband, are expected to benefit by the end of 2013. 

The outskirts of Carlisle, Maryport, Penrith and Workington will be the next to benefit with Ulverston becoming the first town to be upgraded with fibre connections as part of the plan. 

Elsewhere in Cumbria, some lucky residents of Melkinthorpe have been able to benefit from wireless ISPs LonsdaleNET, which has connected a handful of homes to FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband which can deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps. 

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