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'Slow uptake' for Connecting Cumbria broadband rollout
Only around 2,500 premises being served by the Connecting Cumbria broadband rollout programme have opted to receive speeds of 24Mbps.The Connecting Cumbria rollout scheme has been delivering superfast fibre broadband to homes and businesses in the county, but programme leaders are disappointed with the slow uptake of the service by local people.
Around £70 million has been spent on bringing the high-speed technology to the area, with the potential for connections to reach 24Mbps.
However, only 2,500 premises have opted to receive speeds of this level, despite better broadband having reached approximately 32,000 residential and commercial properties so far.
Manager of Connecting Cumbria for the local county council David Morton explained: "If people are getting 8Mbps, they might think they don't need any more at the moment, but in more rural areas, the take-up does increase."
Mr Morton was speaking at an event to mark the delivery of the superfast service to 50 per cent of the county's homes, but not all of this has been due to Connecting Cumbria, as BT's own nationwide programme has been working to bring improved broadband to premises too.
The rollout continues, with five green roadside cabinets in Brampton set to go live in the coming few weeks.