BT DSL Rollout moves to Cornwall - updatedThe Register's Tim Richardson has confirmed that Cornwall is to benefit from a £12.5million investment from various sources including the South West of England Regional Development Agency to stimulate business in the area by providing affordable broadband access.
Currently Truro is the one DSL enabled exchange in the area, initially the exchanges to be enabled are Penzance, Newquay, St Austell and Redruth, then if take up of the services are sufficient Falmouth, Camborne, Launceston, Bodmin, Saltash, Penryn, St Ives and Bude exchanges may follow. If this all works out then the figures are that 93,000 households and 14,000 businesses in Cornwall will have access to DSL services. Of course not all the money will be used for exchange enabling, some may be on subsidises to business's and for satellite access in the more remote areas.
To give a better idea of the funding involved the breakdown is something like this...Participating businesses will benefit from nearly £10million of funding, of which £5.3million is from the European Regional Development Fund, almost £1million from the South West of England Regional Development Agency, £2million from other partners and £1.7million from BT. The balance of the £12.5million is from businesss buying into the scheme.
The negotiations for this have been bubbling away for sometime, ElReg indicates that other areas are looking for similar deals but generally until the agreements are signed on the dotted line no one will know which areas are involved.