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 Ltd DTC Direct Internetcentral OptaNet Talk Talk ZEN
British Telecom easynet IDNET Peach Timid Yellow Bus Solutions
Chess Eclipse IFB Plusnet TNP Amvia
Soho EE Kencomp Pop Telecom True Telecom BroadbandShack
Clearstream Entanet LonsdaleNET Primus Saver Updata Sports Telecomm
Connect it Exa networks Mainstream Redstone UTV Forever Group
Connexions Fastnet MDNX Sky UW
Cybermoor Gamma Merula Solway VISPA
Daisy Griffin Newness Spectrum Exascale
Datanet hso Online Systems Star xln business services

Network Providers in Cumbria:

Bigblu Broadband Cybermoor Kencomp Primetech Broadbandwherever
Freedomsat Digiweb LonsdaleNET Rural Broadband BroadbandShack
BT europaSat MarchesMedia Solway Sports Telecom
CorSat ibub NotSpot Krypton

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