Homes and businesses in a remote part of Cumbria could be set to lose their broadband connections, it has been reported.
Cable & Wireless Worldwide has written to residents in the Duddon Valley informing them of plans to withdraw its local broadband service.
The firm revealed that the public subsidy for the service has run out, and it is too uneconomical to provide broadband without government assistance.
James Barber, Head of Supplier Performance at Cable & Wireless, said it was costing more to maintain broadband equipment than is being recouped from subscribers.
He explained that there are just 42 paying customers across the Duddon and Branthwaite valleys, each of whom pays under £20 per month.
Broadband services originally commenced in 2008 after the government awarded £500,000 in public funding.
But now households and businesses may have to turn to satellite broadband services in order to keep their high-speed internet access.