Eight communities in Cornwall have been announced as the first to receive super-fast broadband through the £132 million investment project with funding from BT and the ERDF to enhance broadband in Cornwall. Leedstown, Chiverton Cross area, St Agnes, Portreath, St Day, Devoran, Stenalees and Par should be connected by the end of March in a pilot scheme to be deployed before the full roll-out programme begins.
"This is an incredibly innovative and pioneering project never before done on this scale. A pilot scheme in these eight locations will provide valuable feedback at an early stage as we prepare for the early phases of the roll-out programme primarily in the South East of the county.
A huge amount of engineering work is required for this complex project, but our surveys have shown that these communities can be upgraded relatively quickly.
It means that early next year the first Cornish customers will be experiencing the huge benefits offered by super-fast broadband and we will be obtaining useful information, which will assist the project’s progress elsewhere.Nigel Ashcroft, (Director of next generation broadband) Cornwall Development Company
Not all premises in the pilot areas will get access to fibre-broadband. A minority will have to rely on faster speeds coming through other technologies included wireless, satellite broadband and a potential further extension of the fibre network. More information for local residents can be found at the Cornwall Development Company website. Full details of the roll-out will be released in the Spring.