Broadband

I want Cumbria to have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe. I don’t want to see any home left behind, which is why we, 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 markets. 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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L-R Brendan Dick of BT, Rory Stewart MP and Councillor Libby Bateman with Appleby's Air Cadets

RORY HAILS ‘NEXT GENERATION ‘ APPLEBY FIBRE CONNECTION AT AIR CADET LAUNCH

Rory Stewart joined representatives from Cumbria County Council and BT’s Connecting Cumbria programme at the local squadron headquarters of the Air Training Corps at Appleby Grammar School on Saturday, where faster internet speeds will help with the delivery of the air cadets’ online training programme. The local MP spent time with the cadets to discover […]

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RORY PRESSES CUMBRIA BROADBAND IN PARLIAMENT AND WINS EXTENSION FOR CUMBRIA

Rory Stewart ‎was able to bring his campaign for Cumbrian broadband – on which he has been working closely alongside Cumbria County Council – to the floor of Parliament again on Thursday. The Secretary of State for Culture Sajid Javid confirmed that they extension for which Cumbria has been campaigning will be granted. The Secretary of […]

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RORY 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 […]