Whether a delegation of Council members and other people meeting the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt is bringing universal coverage of broadband to Cumbria a step closer is not clear, but this is what Cumbria County Council is saying. There is little information on the subject of the meeting beyond:
"Connecting Cumbria is all about delivering superfast broadband for everyone in Cumbria – every resident, business, public sector organisation and visitor to our county. The meeting gave us the chance to update Government on the excellent progress being made on this project in Cumbria, especially how our innovative community led trials are going.
What I’m most pleased about is the fact that the visit gave us the opportunity to tell Mr Hunt face to face about our ambition for Cumbria. The potential of this project is huge and if successful will benefit every single person who lives in or visits our amazing county."Cllr Liz Mallinson, the County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Connected Cumbria
The September 2011 newsletter for the project reveals more on where the project currently sits, and this is that potential bidders for the final contract has been parred down to three possibilities BT Global Services, Cable and Wireless and Fujitsu. News of who has won the bid and hopefully some details of their plans will be made in December 2011, with work commencing in April 2012.
The pace of progress seems slow, but with the various rules that exist to ensure the procurement process is done correctly there are times when it is just a case of waiting a couple of weeks for things to happen. The aim of the project bis to deliver a minimum of 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) across Cumbria, and we would like to hope the winning tender will include the ability to provide much faster speeds (25 Mbps and faster) to over 90% of businesses in the area.