Mark Jenkinson MP has welcomed the recent announcement that thousands of homes and businesses across his constituency are set to benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband.
Openreach has confirmed that 14,315 homes and businesses in some of the most hard-to-reach communities are set to receive ultrafast, ultra-reliable full-fibre broadband as part of plans to have 25 million premises connected to full fibre by the end of 2026.
The move follows tireless efforts by Mark Jenkinson MP to highlight the poor connectivity experienced by his constituents.
He has raised the issue not only with Openreach but also with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – and in the House of Commons.
Mark said: “I have been working with both rural and urban communities to improve their broadband connectivity, through schemes such as Community Fibre Partnerships and the Gigabit Voucher Scheme. I warmly welcome this investment into the Workington constituency’s digital infrastructure.
Many of the communities I have been working with to improve their broadband have had to try to home school children on speeds of less than 5Mbps, often 1Mbps.
Due to these communities’ rural location, they have often been left out of previous schemes. However, this upgrade should increase speed and service to levels typical in urban areas.”
Mark Jenkinson has been working with communities in his Workington constituency to improve their broadband since he was elected in December 2019.
Upgrading the Digital infrastructure of the Workington constituency has been part of his plan since he was elected in 2019.
The challenges thrown up by the pandemic in terms of home-working has highlighted the need for an improved level of service.