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'Mobile broadband funds must be spent in Cumbria' - Farron

May 14, 2013 10:15 AM

TF ruralSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has renewed calls for mobile broadband to be rolled out throughout Cumbria, following the Government's moves to announce the business that will deliver the scheme.

The Government's plans to significantly improve mobile coverage across the UK moved a step closer today, with the announcement that communication infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has been appointed to deliver the £150m Mobile Infrastructure Project.

Some parts of rural Cumbria already has access to similar schemes, such as the pilot being run by provider EE who have launched a 4G fixed and mobile broadband service in the rural Northern Fells region of Cumbria. Tim wants to make sure other areas receive the same.

Commenting Tim said: "Superfast broadband is the key to unlocking the potential of the South Lakes and it is therefore essential that we find a way to ensure that everyone has access to it.

"High speed broadband will enable farmers and rural businesses to reach their full potential and contribute fully to our recovery, however if they are left behind this could impact negatively on these communities and the wider economy."