In the first wave of the Connecting Cumbria programme, Yanwath, near Penrith, has got an upgraded telecommunications system which will be rolled out across the county over the next two years.
It is the first village to get broadband of at least 24Mbps which will eventually cover 10,000 properties across Cumbria.
Run by the county council and BT, Connecting Cumbria aims to provide superfast broadband to properties not served by BT’s commercially-driven system. The project has been subjected to several delays but now seeing the first green shoots emerging.
The outskirts of Carlisle, Maryport, Penrith and Workington will be the next to benefit with Ulverston becoming the first town to be upgraded with fibre connections as part of the plan.
The Connecting Cumbria Project, funded by ERDF and BDUK, aims to ensure that at least 93 per cent of Cumbrian homes and businesses can access superfast broadband of speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of 2015.