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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On behalf of the local communities progressing their own community broadband projects in his constituency and across Cumbria, Rory has welcomed today’s news that the county has received Major Projects Approval from the European Commission. This represents another key milestone in the process of providing super-fast fibre broadband to Cumbrian homes and businesses, in conjunction […]

Launching the 4G Network at Threlkeld


Broadband-activist Rory continues his long-standing campaign to bring the best broadband in Europe to his constituents and to Cumbria, recently holding meetings with the office of the Secretary of State at DCMS, Maria Miller, with a view to organising a parliamentary event for colleagues; with Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter, to discuss telehealth improvements for […]


4g technology brings broadband to northern fells

Following extensive consultation with local broadband Group Northern Fells Broadband (NFB) and local MP Rory Stewart, telecommunications provider Everything Everywhere (EE) have today announced the launch of a 4G fixed and mobile broadband service in Cumbria, bringing high-speed broadband to homes and businesses in one of the UK’s most rural and sparsely-populated areas for the […]

rory joins residents to campaign for shap superfast broadband

Rory continued his campaign supporting local constituents in their fight for better rural broadband when he joined broadband activists in Shap on Friday, assisting their campaign to drum up demand and get better broadband into the village and its surroundings. Shap is one of six communities identified by Cumbria County Council as likely to fall […]


broadband activist rory welcomes breakthrough in landowner wayleave agreement

Broadband campaigning Rory has this week welcomed a package of wayleave agreements which will help to make the roll-out of rural broadband infrastructure both easier and more cost effective. The deal, brokered by the National Farmers Union and the Country Land and Business Association, will reduce the cost and time taken in negotiating individual land […]


rory’s cumbrian broadband campaign reaches contract milestone

On Thursday 29th November Rory joined BT’s Managing Director of NGA (Next Generation Access) Bill Murphy and Cumbria County Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson at the historic signing of the £40 million pound rural broadband contract between BT and Cumbria County Council – just over two years since the local MP pledged to secure for Cumbrians the […]

rory to host signing of historic rural broadband contract

Rory is proud to announce that his constituency will play host on Thursday 29th November to the historic signing of the multi-million pound broadband contract between Cumbria County Council and BT. The location of Glenridding in Rory’s constituency has been chosen to underline the fact that the contract will herald the installation of super-fast broadband […]


rory promotes cumbrian broadband at cross-party MPs’ conference

Rory updated delegates on advances in Cumbrian broadband, joining five of Cumbria’s six MPs at the DODS conference “Cumbria 2012 and Beyond” at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday. The Westminster representatives met alongside Cumbria’s local authorities and businesses, the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, and various other local organisations in a wide-ranging event that sought to address […]


a call to vote: penrith and the border nominee in final of nw digital heroes award

Chris Elphick of Ravenstonedale Parish Council and its Fell End Community Broadband project have reached the final for a TalkTalk Digital Heroes award. Cumbrians who are interested should register their vote in the national competition to find a local ‘digital hero’ for the north-west. TalkTalk’s search for the nation’s Digital Heroes has discovered three worthy […]