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

The Secretary of State said: ‘I am delighted to be able to announce
the support for Cumbria. I was particularly impressed by Rory
Stewart’s approach and advocacy of broadband for Cumbria. He and the
Cumbrian communities should be very proud of what they have achieved.’

Rory said: “this is all due to the hard work of Cumbrian
communities. They have shown how, by throwing themselves into
broadband, they can change the agenda and bring government support to
an area that’s too often ignored. Six months ago it looked as though
only 5% of Cumbrians would get superfast (NGA) broadband by 2017. We
may now be in a position, with the government’s support, to get
superfast broadband to the majority by 2012.  This is the first clear
result we have had from being named the Big Society vanguard. The
government is carrying through on its promise to support and reward
community action. I hope this is only the beginning. We are looking to
take the national lead on decentralization, participatory budgeting,
planning, affordable housing, and in rural services. But it’s the
Cumbrian communities that deserve the praise, not me”.

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