Full Fibre Broadband Reaches Beatrix Potter Village


Openreach deploys fibre optic cables to seventy-six homes and businesses in Beatrix Potter village, including Hill Top, which is run as a visitor attraction by the National Trust. Subscribers can now access some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK through full fibre broadband programme. With this Openreach has completed the final phase of Connecting Cumbria, in which Openreach closely worked with Cumbria County Council to make fibre-based broadband widely available across Cumbria.

Speeds of up to one gigabit bit per second (1Gbps) are available thanks to gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology, where fibre is run directly from the exchange all the way to each property.

Since work began on the Connecting Cumbria programme in 2013, more than 127,000 premises have been upgraded and can benefit from superfast broadband speeds – with nearly 6,000 of those connected to a full fibre network.

Beatrix Potter village Cumbria

Openreach engineers have enabled 107 exchanges, built around 1,000 fibre structures, erected hundreds of new telegraph poles, and laid thousands of kilometres of underground fibre optic cables.

Over the lifetime of the programme more than £50 million has been invested from a combination of sources including grants from Building Digital UK (part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), Local Enterprise Partnership Funding, and Openreach.

Residents and businesses in Cumbria with broadband speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) available may be eligible for UK Government Gigabit Vouchers. Those with speeds below 30Mbps may also be eligible for funding via the Digital Borderlands Voucher Scheme. The vouchers can cover most, and often all, of the community’s contribution to the overall cost of bringing broadband to their homes and businesses.

Broadband Providers in Cumbria:

Andrews & Arnold LtdDTC DirectInternetcentralOptaNetTalk TalkZEN
British TelecomeasynetIDNETPeachTimidYellow Bus Solutions
SohoEEKencompPop TelecomTrue TelecomBroadbandShack
ClearstreamEntanetLonsdaleNETPrimus SaverUpdataSports Telecomm
Connect itExa networksMainstreamRedstoneUTVForever Group
DatanethsoOnline SystemsStarxln business services

Network Providers in Cumbria:

Bigblu BroadbandCybermoorKencompPrimetechBroadbandwherever
FreedomsatDigiwebLonsdaleNETRural BroadbandBroadbandShack
BTeuropaSatMarchesMediaSolwaySports Telecom

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