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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HOW CUMBRIA’S VILLAGE HALLS ARE PIONEERING A HI-TECH REVOLUTION

Article first published in The Guardian on 2 January 2011. This winter, 130 activists gathered to discuss superfast broadband in a village hall in Cumbria. They had come from 100 villages, by 100 paths. Ali had presumably travelled north along the shore of Ullswater, rounded Loadpot Hill and turned south down the Lowther valley, until […]

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broadband presentation

This is a slideshow that I use when giving power point presentations about Broadband and the Big Society. There are some fun images that I thought I would share. Broadband and Big Society

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  150 PARISH CHAMPIONS SIGN UP FOR CUMBRIAN BROADBAND CAMPAIGN   Rory Stewart MP has now recruited 150 ‘champions’ from more than a hundred Cumbrian parishes and launched a ground-breaking community website in the next stage of his campaign to get Cumbria ‘the fastest broadband in Europe’. The website, www.broadbandcumbria.com, launched on 30th November. The broadband champions, […]

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rural communities deserve fast broadband

Article first published in Farmers Weekly on 15th October 2010 Modern communities that are key to the prosperity of our countryside I am often asked about my focus in Parliament and when I say ‘broadband’, people’s faces fall. The reactions I get imply that they had expected a conversation about high politics but are getting […]

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broadband success in cumbria

  Secretary of State hails broadband success in Cumbria Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, described Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, as ‘instrumental’ in winning the broadband grant for his Cumbrian constituency. The Secretary of State said: ‘I am delighted to be able to announce the support for […]

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Cumbria gets Broadband Boost in CSR   Cumbria was one of the surprise beneficiaries of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Among the many cuts announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, was a commitment to invest in bringing Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband to Carlisle and Eden Districts. Cumbria has been selected as the location for one […]

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super-fast broadband for cumbria

I am delighted that Cumbria was one of the surprise beneficiaries of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Among the many cuts announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, was a commitment to invest in bringing Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband to Carlisle and Eden Districts. Cumbria has been selected as the location for one of four NGA […]

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penrith and the border broadband conference

THE PENRITH AND THE BORDER BROADBAND CONFERENCE  ‘CONNECTING CUMBRIAN COMMUNITIES’ THE PARISH PUMP PROJECT    Penrith and the Border communities are determined to get high-speed Next Generation broadband Access(NGA) for most people and a reliable 2mb connection for everyone by the end of 2012. This is vital for a constituency with a higher proportion of self-employed people than anywhere […]

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only connect: creating opportunities for our rural communities

Two weeks ago, on a mizzening Saturday morning in Mungrisdale –  having just cut the ribbon of the Northern Fells Group’s new fell-runner community bus – I visited the house of an elderly woman living on a state pension, whose cottage lay at the end of an unpaved track. The charity’s founder, Dr Jim Cox, […]