Superfast Cornwall extends fibre broadband to five more communities

Thursday, December 29th 2011
Trispen is one of the latest rural communities to gain access to super-fast broadband.
Superfast Cornwall extends fibre broadband to five more communities
The Superfast Cornwall partnership has announced the launch of fibre optic broadband in a further five Cornish communities, including the well-known notspot of Trispen.

Members of the public and private sector group, which comprises the likes of BT, Cornwall Council and the EU, revealed next-generation broadband connectivity is now available in Trispen, Lanivet, Penryn, Porthtowan and Drakewalls, while additional parts of Liskeard and Truro have also been upgraded.

Trispen residents were particularly pleased with the development, having waited for around four years to gain faster broadband access.

A recent survey of 200 people in the village found about 80 per cent struggled with slow broadband speeds or another form of connection problem.

Chairman of St Erme Parish Council Rob Trethewey described the news as "the best Christmas present the village could have been given".

Rapid progress is being made by the Superfast Cornwall partnership, with approximately 90,000 homes and businesses across the county set to be upgraded to receive fibre optic broadband by the end of March 2012.

Another 14 communities - Camelford, Perranporth, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Padstow, Mitchell, Otterham, Port Isaac, St Columb Major, St Merryn, The Lizard, Tintagel, Rumford and Boscastle - are due to be connected during 2012, a year earlier than expected.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT's Superfast Cornwall programme director, said: "The rollout of this high-speed technology is taking place at a world-class pace.

"We have an amazing team which is working very hard to meet the huge demand from local people and businesses. We are leading the way for the rest of the UK with new techniques and cutting-edge new technologies.

"A super-fast broadband connection allows people to do much more online."

The announcement came in the same month that BT revealed it will extend fibre optic broadband to an additional 178 exchange areas during 2012, with more than 1.8 million homes and businesses set to benefit from the deployment work.

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30th December 2012
we are on the Rumford exchange in cornwall ..we have ultra slow broadband, it says on this page that we should have fiber optic this year 2012 what happened ?
30th December 2011
Meanwhile up the road in Superslow Devon, not only do we struggle with proper broadband, we are also forgotten. Note to BT - "A super-slow broadband connection allows people to do far less online."
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