A TELECOMS provider have been working hard to provide internet access across south Cumbria, which is now essential for those needing to work from home.

Having been identified as "key workers", so B4RN remains operational and carrying out works with the utmost care.

A spokesman for Broadband for the Rural North Ltd, said: "We're staying vigilant to work under Government guidance and keep our staff safe. Nearly all work (the priority is maintenance and repairs) is being carried out by lone workers, where that's not possible we're sticking to social distancing rules.

"We're making the network more resilient: installing more battery packs at our cabinets; installing more links to cabinets (in case cables are struck); we have increased capacity on the core network to handle any new unprecedented traffic levels.

"When it comes to connecting new customers, we're only doing so where it is safe and reasonably practicable to do so.

"We're being creative about not being able to enter people's homes, including getting people to do DIY installation with our engineers talking them through it on the phone.

"B4RN has told its volunteer groups to cancel all group dig days; meetings; and other public events. We've also told them not to enter people's premises.

"Some work can continue, over the phone or by video-call with file sharing. This could include planning or negotiating wayleaves.

"We're under no illusion how important the B4RN service will be for everyone stuck in their homes for work; keeping in touch with each other; and entertainment.

"We've already had communications from those on the B4RN network which has touched us. This includes a community where nearly everyone is 70-90+ years old and they're keeping tabs on each other with Skype.

"They said, 'we would be lost without you'.

"We want customers to know that we hold you all in high regard and hope that you and your loved ones remain safe through this difficult time."