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Superfast broadband alternatives

Who is responsible for bringing superfast broadband to Cumbria?

Connecting Cumbria Phase 2 aims 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. For more information on the deployment of Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), go to when and where: Connecting Cumbria.

Will every property get superfast broadband in Cumbria?

No, it is not possible for every property to get superfast broadband. The aim is to reach 95% of the properties.

Are there alternatives for the 5% who cannot get superfast broadband?

Yes, there are alternatives to superfast broadband. 

What are the alternatives to FTTC or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)?

ADSL broadband

If you have a telephone in your property you will probably be able to get ADSL broadband. This is through your existing telephone line. To do a provisional check of the telephone line's ability to receive reliable Broadband services enter your telephone number, postcode, or address into BT's broadband availability checker.

Mobile telephone broadband

If you receive a good mobile telephone signal at your property you could connect to the internet by using a dongle or a SIM if using a tablet. The dongle plugs into a USB connection on your computer and a SIM is inserted into your tablet. Check the coverage in your area by using Ofcom's mobile broadband coverage checker.

Satellite broadband

You are almost guaranteed to be able to get satellite broadband. You will need a satellite dish installed. Dishes are normally set up by the satellite internet service provider you decide to use as part of the installation fee. There can be a slight delay (latency) in receiving some information. Satellite broadband can also be affected by the weather.

Wireless delivery from radio masts

You need a smart antenna installed by a broadband supplier to receive broadband from a radio mast. The antenna is placed on the outside of your property. It needs to be in line-of-sight of a transmitting radio mast. The radio mast is connected to the fibre-optic network. The wireless router in your home plugs into the antenna. This is just as it would if you got your broadband through the telephone line.

Are there any local based broadband alternatives?

Yes, there are, but they only cover certain areas in Eden, see list below:

  • Cybermoor (fibre optic cable and wireless technologies)
    Available areas: Alston and surrounding areas

  • LonsdaleNET (fibre to wireless mast, wireless mast to outside receiver)
    Available areas: Penrith and surrounding areas

  • Kencomp (microwave radio networks)
    Available areas: Mallerstang and surrounding area

  • Solway Communications (fibre to wireless mast, wireless mast to outside receiver)
    Available areas: Armathwaite, High Hesket, Ivegill, Low Hesket and Southwaite. See the website for a detailed map of coverage.

Are there any pressure or local interest groups that I could join?

Northern Fells Broadband
Covers: Castle Sowerby and Mungrisdale parishes.