See if you can get superfast broadband
We’re busy deploying and planning the roll out across Cumbria and you can check here for the latest updates on when you can expect to upgrade to fibre broadband.
The Openreach fibre availability checker shows you if you can get fibre broadband to your home or property, however please note that this information is fed from a national database managed by a third party and is outside the County Council’s control.
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Map showing indicative Phase 1 deployment of fibre broadband
Map showing areas excluded from Connecting Cumbria Phase 2 deployment of Next Generation Access (NGA) fibre broadband
Map showing areas excluded from Connecting Cumbria Phase 2 deployment of basic fibre broadband
Map showing indicative Phase 1 deployment against areas excluded from Phase 2
Live cabinet list
The live cabinet list shows all the cabinets that have been rolled out across the county as part of the Connecting Cumbria project, this includes relevant locations and cabinet numbers. If you can't see your cabinet on here it may be that it is not yet live, please keep checking the list as it will be updated regularly.
Connecting Cumbria programme
Connecting Cumbria is a partnership between Cumbria County Council and BT that will boost the local economy by supporting the creation and protection of jobs over the next few years. The county’s enterprise zones are a key priority as superfast broadband will help local businesses to become more competitive but will also help spread these services much further for residential use. The project is being funded by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Cumbria County Council and BT.
Phase 1 of the programme is scheduled to run until the summer of 2016.
Phase 2 of Connecting Cumbria is aiming to extend the availability of superfast broadband to 95% of premises across the county by mid 2018. A contract is now in place with BT to deliver this together with commercial deployments in the county.
The deployment strategy of Connecting Cumbria is to provide a superfast broadband infrastructure to as many premises within the available funds. This means that we select areas for Phase 2 deployment to maximise the premises passed. All else being equal we do have a preference for areas with more businesses, or areas that have lower percentage coverage from the Phase 1 deployment, but the overarching priority remains to cover as many premises as possible.
Between 28th November 2014 - 9th January 2015 a public consultation sought opinions on the potential Intervention Areas for superfast and basic broadband in Phase 2. The consultation enabled the public and service providers to comment on the target areas and register opinions.
Please find below a summary of responses and some further information on how the intervention area is assessed and identified.
Further work has been carried out with service providers since the public consultation closed in order to finalise the intervention area. The result of this is shown in the maps below.
The grey area on the map is where there is commercial live and planned coverage or Connecting Cumbria Phase 1 live and planned coverage. The white area is the Phase 2 Intervention Area where we are able to invest state aid. Please note that this doesn’t mean that we will provide superfast broadband in all of the white area, but rather this is the area that we will look at in our planning and survey work.
Delivering superfast broadband to the remaining premises in Cumbria is challenging for a number of reasons: they are harder to reach because of demanding terrain and increased distances from infrastructure; and with lower density populations the cost per consumer can be prohibitively high.
Connecting Cumbria and BDUK are exploring solutions to ensure that as many premises as possible in Cumbria can enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband.
In 2015 Cumbria County Council’s public consultation, which sought to identify areas which do not have Next Generation (NGA) broadband infrastructure or where there are no plans to provide such infrastructure over the next three years, closed and state aid Intervention Area was set for the Connecting Cumbria programme. Further to this evidence has emerged that NGA services are not available in a number of postcodes where coverage had been claimed during the public consultation.
Following conclusion of our consultation, conducted between 16th January and 13th February 2017, we can confirm that suitable evidence has been put forward to confirm NGA service availability in the 146 postcodes considered for reclassification as NGA white. On the basis of this Cumbria County Council and Broadband Delivery UK have concluded that NGA services are not available in these postcodes and they should now be reclassified as NGA White thus becoming eligiblefor publicly funded interventionunder the Connecting Cumbria programme.
Please note that funding and technology under the Connecting Cumbria remains limited therefore a postcode becoming NGA White does not guarantee that NGA broadband deployment activity will be undertaken. The Connecting Cumbria programme will continue to work as efficiently as possible to reach as many properties as we can across Cumbria with available funding.
The 146 postcodes now reclassified as NGA White are:
Mobile and Broadband Coverage Checker
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