Home About Contribute Sponsorship Contact Sign In


Technology Industry News

Green light for Cumbrian community broadband project

Green light for Cumbrian community broadband project


Garsdale and Dentdale are a huge leap nearer to getting superfast broadband services after the community owned co-operative, Fibre GarDen, received an offer letter for £382,500 from DEFRA/BDUK through the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

Chairman of Fibre GarDen, Andrew Fleck, said “We are absolutely delighted to have met all the requirements laid down by DEFRA. Their scrutiny has been relentless and this endorsement demonstrates their confidence in Fibre GarDen as a long term service provider for our communities. Along the way we have received enormous support and encouragement from our communities and YDNP.”

Fibre GarDen has signed contracts with Cheshire-based telecommunications company, ITS Networks (UK) Limited, to start construction of the 64km network which is due to be finished in August 2015. This will bring residential superfast speeds of 50Mbps and 100Mbps to the Dales, exceeding speeds in Central London.

Roy Shelton, CEO, of ITS Technology, said: “This is a massive step forward for rural broadband. This funding will mean that households and businesses in these hard to reach places will be able to benefit from broadband speeds that exceed many urban developments in the UK. This project only goes to show how the determination of a community can ensure it doesn’t get left behind and digitally disadvantaged. This network is all inclusive, as every household and business can connect if they wish.”

Business services will be provided at Gigabit speeds to encourage the digital economy in the area The not-for-profit co-operative is able to undercut commercial providers and is committed to providing the service to every resident. The project is attracting national interest because the community network will be connected to the World Wide Web through services provided by Network Rail, a first in Britain.

Dan Rogerson, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: “Communities like Garsdale and Dentdale will be transformed by access to fast and reliable broadband coverage. The £20m Rural Community Broadband Fund is a crucial element of the Government’s long-term economic plan. It will help build a stronger economy and a fairer society, allowing rural businesses to compete and grow.”

Tim Farron MP said “This is brilliant news and a testament to the hard work and determination of the whole Fibre GarDen project.  I have been proud to support and campaign with the team.  Being able to deliver superfast broadband to Garsdale and Dentdale will make a massive difference to residents and businesses.”


Technology Business News - Couples looking to separate may be able to use artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce from dividing assets to parenting arrangements. Technology has played a key role in resolving disputes in recent years including analysing large amounts of data and managing risk.

Artificial Intelligence helps divorcing couples - but poses risks

Technology Business News - This year, the UK became the first country to allow self-driving cars on motorways at low speed.

Are British Roads Capable of Catering to Autonomous Vehicles?

Technology Business News - Poor indoor air quality can be defined by high levels of pollutants in the air, such as dust, mould, toxic chemicals and viruses. Any one of these factors can exacerbate health problems, including asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD .

A breath of fresh air - improving indoor air quality

Technology Business News - An economics graduate who first traded in the stock market as a schoolgirl is behind the development of an app to encourage sustainable investing. Nikki Hawkes, 26, is the co-founder of Stratiphy, which has raised more than 440,000 in crowdfunding from 700 investors in 53 countries.

Economics graduate behind app encouraging sustainable investing

Technology Business News - Invisible Systems, the tech firm responsible for delivering the technology and digital platform, that enables the NHS to continuously monitor the temperature of COVID-19 vaccines, has appointed Jamie Robertson as Chief Executive Officer. Robertson s appointment became effective on 22nd November.

Tech Firm Invisible Systems Appoints Chief Executive Officer

Technology Business News - Businesses in our mind s eye tend to fall into two categories. We separate traditional, old-world industries from the new and modern. But the lines are becoming blurred.In the past, any heavily digitised business that relied on heavily on tech was in the latter category, but this is now becoming the norm.

Traditional industries on the verge of an innovation boom

Ten Times Ten

Analytics, Modelling & Business Intelligence Specialists