2nd January 2017
By Peter Tremayne

 

2017 is set to be the year that thousands more people in Cornwall get superfast broadband.

The next phase of connecting fibre internet connections will see nearly 1,450 homes and businesses in 25 communities enjoying significantly faster broadband speeds.

The Superfast Cornwall partnership project will see £7.6 million invested in the areas.

The communities set to benefit next are: Tregony; North Tamerton; Lanivet; Carkeel; Brighton, near Rumford; Golitha Rise and Heathlands Business Park, Liskeard; Four Lanes and Sandy Lane near Redruth; Connor Downs near Camborne; Tresean/Treworgans, near Crantock; Trevelmond and Pengelly, near Dobwalls; Lanjeth near St Austell; Stoke Climsland; Widegates; Turfdown, Helland and Treffry, near Bodmin;Trebetherick; No Mans Land, Lower Clicker and Morval, near Widegates; Latchbrook, Saltash; and Fraddon.

Julian German, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for economy and culture, said: "Cornwall Council remains committed to the challenging target of ensuring that every property has access to fast, reliable broadband, and these latest areas to be enabled represent another step forward into some of the most challenging rural parts of Cornwall."

Mark Duddridge, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Superfast broadband is critical to developing our fast-growing digital economy which is why the LEP is investing £1.5m from our Growth Deal and the Regional Growth Fund as part of this latest roll-out."

Ranulf Scarbrough, Superfast Cornwall programme director for BT, said: "Superfast Cornwall has already made Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the envy of rural areas across Europe.

"Now this latest phase includes some of the most challenging locations in the county.

 

"It shows our commitment to making faster broadband as widely available as possible.

"Superfast broadband is already making an important contribution to the economic success of this area because, whatever you do online, you can do it better with fibre broadband."

All of the engineering work for Superfast Cornwall is being carried out by Openreach, BT's local network business.

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