Looking at the latest broadband map for Cumbria it is clear that those approving the latest map do not suffer from colour blindness, as the choice of green shades makes it difficult for those who do to discern the various areas.
ISPreview spotted the new Cumbria map but given its low resolution it is not worth reproducing in our news, so head over to Connecting Cumbria to take a look and hope you have good local knowledge to tell which areas are which.
- The level of detail provided on this map is as agreed with the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the Public Accounts Committee. No further detail will be provided.
- Planned coverage for all areas is subject to survey and may change.
- Coverage may change as new technology is introduced and with the project aim to extend coverage as far as possible. As this is a county wide deployment, it may be that coverage for individual postcodes increases or decreases as the deployment progresses.
- The map is not currently 100% compatible with mobiles and you may experience issues if viewing on a mobile device.Connecting Cumbria Final Coverage Guide Details
For all the bluster during the PAC sessions, one has to question the value of the taxi fares for those giving evidence if this is the end result, as to be frank we are having difficulty telling this map apart from any other map a BDUK project has released. We have tried overlaying our usual postcode layers but the low resolution of what has been published by Connecting Cumbria makes it useless beyond confirming that there are very few postcodes in areas like Buttermere, Borrowdale and Wasdale.
The warning about the map not being compatible with mobiles is very odd, but we have checked and it appears that the Cumbria website is a responsive design and no-one asked the developer to make the map responsive too.
Cumbria is stating it is on track to take fibre based broadband to 93% of properties (no figure published for their estimate on superfast coverage) but previously they have talked of "project’s ambition is to bring superfast broadband to around 93 per cent of Cumbrian homes and businesses". It is not clear then whether there has been a downgrade in expectations or just clumsy wording when people are not aware of the significance of the statement, i.e. superfast implies a connection faster than 24 Mbps or 30 Mbps (UK versus EU definition) and fibre based simply means a line connected to a VDSL2 enabled cabinet and speed is irrelevant.