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Digital Infrastructure Strategy

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Digital infrastructure is now recognised as the fourth utility given its importance to modern life and the connectivity it provides to services and markets. The coronavirus pandemic has only served to reinforce the importance of digital connectivity for our residents and businesses. Whilst significant improvements have been made through the Connecting Cumbria programme, continuing to improve our digital connectivity will be essential over the coming years so that Cumbria does not get left behind other parts of the UK.

Reflecting the importance of digital connectivity, a digital infrastructure strategy has been prepared that sets out the priorities and actions for investment as well as ensuring that Cumbria’s voice is heard.  This includes the need for investment in full fibre and mobile infrastructure to support economic growth, education and social inclusion.

The Digital Infrastructure Strategy document for Cumbria can be viewed herethis external link will open in a new window.

Case Studies

In support of the development of the Digital Infrastructure Strategy document, we have talked to many businesses across Cumbria about the importance of broadband connectivity to the services which they provide. Below are a selection of quotes which emphasise the need for digital connectivity for all:

‘I have a good client base built up, most of who found me via social media – it’s so important nowadays to build and maintain a strong online presence and faster broadband makes it possible’.

Lynda Ridley – Fascinators for you

'We were struggling with communication between our two stores prior to the arrival of superfast broadband in the local area. Improved speeds have enabled the implementation of Voice over IP technology which has vastly improved communication between the two stores, making it feel as though you are 'in the same room' and allowing for remote desk top activity and the sending of large files for bespoke packaging at a significantly faster speed'.

Michael Webster – Friars

‘Superfast broadband has boosted our ability to reach a wider customer base via our social media pages. Online banking is a particular benefit to us as it avoids the need to travel to the nearest bank which is 15 miles away.’

Poppy Lawson - No. 28

'My children often come to work with me during the holidays and at weekends but as you can imagine they only want to help for so long. Superfast broadband enables them to stream or download films and games to keep them occupied while I get on with work. It’s great that such a simple thing keeps us together as a family as well as allowing me to run the business'.

Dawn Richardson – Gift & Stitch Aspatria

Further Information 

We have developed the Digital Infrastructure Strategy through experience gained from previous infrastructure programmes and the review of information from a range of sources.  Linked below are the major sources which we have considered: