BT rolls out fibre broadband to first Kendal homes
BT has followed up being chosen as Cumbria County Council's preferred provider by announcing the rollout of fibre optic broadband to the first properties in Kendal.
Over the coming weeks, the telecoms giant will connect more than 12,700 homes and businesses in the Cumbrian town to its super-fast broadband network.
Kendal is the third community in the county to be hooked up to the service, coming after similar upgrades were carried out in Carlisle and Penrith earlier this year.
A further three locations - Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness and Workington - are also due to be included in the fibre broadband rollout, with Whitehaven and Maryport set to follow in the future.
The announcement comes just weeks after BT was chosen by the county council to deliver its public super-fast broadband plan, which aims to bring next-generation speeds to 90 per cent of local properties by 2015.
Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: "At a time when our local economy needs a much-needed boost as we move into the winter period, important investments like BT's in super-fast broadband allow us to create new opportunities, growth and future potential."