Kentmere Cumbria High Speed Broadband
Kentmere, one of Cumbriaâ€™s remotest villages, now has access to high-speed broadband service.
19:27 15 May 2018
A partnership between BT and Cumbria County Council has brought up to 80Mbps broadband service to around 54 homes and business in Kentmere, one of the remotest villages in South Cumbria.
Tim Farron, MP for South Lakeland, said: “Access to high-speed broadband is a massive issue here in the South Lakes with many small businesses finding it pretty much impossible to function without it.
“The arrival of high-speed fibre broadband here in Kentmere will be a big boost for both businesses and local people alike.”
Peter Lansberry, chairman of the Kentmere parish meeting, added: “Kentmere is a remote valley, well up in the mountains. We have no mobile phone and prior to the fibre we had broadband speeds of between one and two megabits per second, some people with less than even one megabit,” he said.
“These speeds make it nearly impossible to do online shopping and doing business is very difficult. There is no ability to watch catch-up TV or anything on the web.
“That’s changed dramatically with the arrival of the fibre connection. We now have between about 65 and 75 Mbps which is fast enough to do pretty well anything we want to do.”