Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
Link news

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.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Moses Herve Johnson II 1 day ago Hyperoptic urges councils to... I think some london boroughs will follow suit, not sure about rural england and england towns.
  • Leprechaun_himself 2 days ago BT to cut charges for... I use BT for telephone purposes only. I have a cable connection for Broadband via VirginMedia. Why cannot...
  • Moses Herve Johnson II 6 days ago Government launches gigabit... Even though i'm no fan of hammond, i'm glad he's investing in our british internet infrastructure.

Search news