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A new series of OFCOM maps show that less that 40% of Cumbrians have access to the full range of 3G mobile network providers, putting it on the lowest end of the OFCOM coverage scale.
This has lead South Lakes MP, Tim Farron to call on the Government to ensure that Cumbria gets its fair share of the recent funding package of £150 million aimed specifically at improving coverage in so-called ‘not-spots’.
These maps are published by OFCOM as part of their first report to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the UK’s communications infrastructure. They join three existing maps published earlier this year which focus on broadband speeds, potential local TV coverage and mobile phone base stations – all of which show considerable improvement is needed to provide Cumbrians with full access to mobile, TV and broadband services.
Tim has long been campaigning to bring about better mobile and broadband services to Cumbria.
Tim said: “These maps show that Cumbrians are still not getting the fair deal they deserve when it comes to 3G mobile coverage. Unlike many parts of the country where residents have access to a full range of services less, than 40% of Cumbrians have the same level of access.
“I’m very glad that the Government are taking this seriously with its £150million “not-spots” package, but it is absolutely vital that Cumbria gets its fair share of the funding and I will be fighting tooth and nail to ensure that happens and that the money is spent effectively.”