All round praise for ‘3 Mobile’s’ broadband program for Kaber village

The Countryside Alliance has lauded ‘3 Mobile’ for its initiative to provide mobile broadband access to Kaber, in the Eden district of Cumbria. The service provider’s plan is all the more praiseworthy because the access is free of charge.

The decision has been welcomed by the East Cumbria Community Broadband Forum.

Kaber is the second village in the UK to benefit from the network operator’s mobile broadband scheme nationwide. It also throws light on how 3G technology can help in achieving high speed connectivity to the rural areas.

The households are provided with 3G dongles and MiFi devices, capable of transmitting mobile signals simultaneously to a number of wireless enabled gadgets. The company has also provided a Wi-Fi connection free of charge to the civic building hall, to enable the people to do online tasks.

Both the services are free for the whole year.

Mike Bridway, a member of the forum informed that originally the people of the village had only ‘dial up access internet services’, which had a maximum speed of 0.5 Mbps. Once the scheme comes through, they will be able to get download speeds of 7.2 Mbps.

There is no need to mention the importance of the broadband in the present age. Most of the activities are now online. The people will be always in the dark without it.

Rory Stewart, the MP for the constituency of ‘Penrith and The Border’ is pleased with the development that the subjects of Kaber will be benefited to a great extend.

The Countryside Alliance is happy that efforts are on for eliminating the digital divide between rural and urban parts of the UK.

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