Broadband

I want Cumbria to have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe. Our aim has always been to try and see super-fast fibre broadband installed in the vast majority of our homes and businesses by the end of 2015. But the hard work does not end there: I don’t want to see any home left behind, which is why we have here in Fell End in Penrith and The Border, pioneered a community ‘build-and-benefit’ model, involving the community, government and the private sector, to create a replicable business case that means every remote area of the UK will be able to secure for themselves all the social and economic benefits that broadband offers. The primary obstacle to economic growth in Cumbria is isolation. Isolation has an enormous impact on both a business’ access to service provisions, and on its access to market. For the first time in history, we have developed a technology which allows us to overcome this barrier, and nothing can consequently make a greater single contribution to Cumbria’s economy, growth, or services than broadband.

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SECRETARY OF STATE PAYS TESTAMENT TO BROADBAND ACTIVIST RORY STEWART MP

Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Sajid Javid has, on the occasion of formal confirmation of the broadband funding extension being granted to ensure that Cumbria continues to benefit from the Connecting Cumbria rollout, publicly thanked Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart for his efforts. Sajid Javid MP said today: “I am […]

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RORY STEWART MP WINS GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO FUNDING FOR CUMBRIAN BROADBAND

Local MP for Penrith and The Border Rory Stewart today received a commitment from broadband Minister Ed Vaizey on government’s backing of a flexible funding solution to ensure that Cumbria’s superfast broadband rollout will reach its targets this year. Speaking in a debate in Westminster Hall this afternoon, the MP – who has championed rural broadband in an almost […]

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RORY CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF WORLD LEADING RURAL BROADBAND SERVICE IN SEBERGHAM

The small and sparsely populated parish of Sebergham has successfully trialed a world-first mobile and broadband technology, thanks to the efforts of EE, local MP Rory Stewart, local councillors and the community group, Northern Fells Broadband. The creation of new micro networks that wirelessly connect small mobile antennas to a nearby macro site, will see […]

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BROADBAND ROLL-OUT HITS LANDMARK HALFWAY POINT

Local MP, Rory Stewart, has welcomed the latest achievement to secure high-speed fibre broadband to over half of the businesses and homes in Cumbria, in his on-going campaign to ensure the county has the best superfast broadband in Europe. Reaching this latest landmark means that around 121,000 premises in the county now have speeds of […]

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COMPANY WORKS WITH RORY TO BRING SUPERFAST BROADBAND TO NORTHERN FELLS

Rory and EE, the mobile telephone provider, yesterday launched a superfast mobile broadband signal which will cover over 100 square miles of the Northern Fells area in Cumbria with ‘superfast speeds’. The Fourth Generation technology, is a national first. It follows a three year campaign by the Penrith MP to bring Cumbria ‘the best superfast […]

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RORY SHORTLISTED FOR THE DIGITAL LEADERS 50 AWARD

Rory has been shortlisted for the Digital Leaders 50 award for his work in Cumbria on broadband and mobile coverage. Launched by the Digital Leaders Programme in association with Digital by Default News, the award seeks to recognise leaders and organisations who have demonstrated ‘a pioneering and sustainable approach to digital transformation’, and who have […]

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“COMMUNITIES CAN CONNECT THE FINAL 7%” IN MAJOR RURAL BROADBAND MEETING

Rory on Saturday held a major gathering of broadband hub co-ordinators from his constituency where he was joined by representatives of BT and Connecting Cumbria (Cumbria County Council), and at which local Councillor and community broadband activist Libby Bateman of the Fell End broadband project presented on the community-led model. He convened the important event […]