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£2.5 million to be reinvested to take coverage in Cumbria further
Thursday 06 August 2015 14:12:26 by Andrew Ferguson

Cumbria is the next council to be able to announce how much clawback it is receiving and the figure of £2.5m represents around 5% of the phase 1 fund, which included £13.7m of European money.

The phase 2 contract was signed a month ago and we are a little closer to the 93% superfast target for phase 1.

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast Broadband Coverage in Cumbria and its constituencies - figures 4th August 2015
Area % fibre based % superfast
24 Mbps or faster
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
(Change since 1st July)
% cable % Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 15 Mbps
Cumbria County 77.9% 73.7% 72.8% (+1.5) 0.4% 0% (*) 1% 22.1%
Barrow and Furness 93.2% 88.9% 88% (+0.2) 0% 0% 0.7% 9.6%
Carlisle 93% 90% 89.7% (+0.4) 2.1% 0% 1.2% 7.6%
Copeland 71.6% 68.6% 68% (+1.4%) 0% 0% 0.9% 25.4%
Penrith and The Border 54.3% 48.5% 47.4% (+2.2) 0.2% 0% 1.8% 46.8%
Westmorland and Lonsdale 73% 67.3% 65.9% (+1.7) 0% 0% 0.7% 26.7%
Workington 79.5% 75.8% 74.9% (+3.7%) 0% 0.1% 1.1% 19.4%
(*) the FTTP coverage drops to below 0.1% over the county, hence zero when there is some native GEA-FTTP available

The returning of £2.5m to the project for further roll-out should mean an extra 2,500 to 5,000 premises can benefit which would add another 1 to 2% of coverage, and with the announcement coming before the phase 2 project gets underway this extra money hopefully can be integrated into those plans and reduce the amount that gets wasted on admin costs.

Comments

Posted by WWWombat about 1 year ago
If Cumbria are getting a cut of the £129m, that's a good sign for others - it means the money isn't restricted to just the framework counties, and includes those who have their own OJEU-based contract terms.
Posted by galacticz00 about 1 year ago
“we can confirm presently that this postcode area is not likely to be included in our plans for Phase 2. Therefore I would suggest that you look into other alternative solutions for your property in order to have an improved broadband connection – it may be worth looking into satellite options, there is a list of providers on our website that offer satellite that you may wish to look at”……….” We do understand your frustrations: please be assured that the Connecting Cumbria project is working for the benefit of people like yourself” !!!!!!!!!!
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