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Free Satellite broadband install for disconnected Cumbrians
Monday 11 June 2012 16:13:14 by John Hunt

A free install deal has been made for users in the Duddon Valley and Branthwaite areas of Cumbria after it was announced that their broadband service, being provided by Cable and Wireless, was no longer viable without government funding. A satellite-broadband provider, Bentley Walker, have offered those affected users free installation and activation of a Tooway satellite connection, with users only liable for the monthly subscriptions charges, starting at around £25 per month.

"We are honoured to help out in any way we can to those living in areas suffering from inadequate internet access. Many businesses and educational services throughout rural UK can suffer in profit, sustainability and overall effectiveness with a slow or non-existent internet connection. Satellite broadband is a great solution for those where cabling cannot be justified."

Neil Robinson, (Business Development Manager) Bentley Walker

The company report that some users have already opted for the offer, but the original BBC article points out that some users are not keen to see satellite dishes go up, or face a £25 a month fee for it. In those instances, there may be few options available for them in terms of getting a broadband connection in as a replacement.


Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
With 8gigs usage I dare say they were hoping for a better solution. Interesting that this company can provide free installation when in Wales certain companies price to W.A.G. subsidies.
Posted by timmay over 5 years ago
Poor people a big step backwards. They need to find someone that can run the current wireless systems.
Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
We don't know who owns the current wireless system. It could be that the current equipment is leased and so it belongs to the operator who shall be removing it.

But interesting that somebody feels that the area is viable without a subsidy.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
"Back in 2008 Cable and Wireless won a contract to provide a service to some 50 people in the Duddon Valley and Branthwaite area of Cumbria"

If it's a leased line backhaul 50 people is unlikely to be viable.
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