BT to bring super-fast broadband to hard-to-reach communities in Cornwall

Broadband provider BT is going to roll out its £132 million project, which will provide some of the hard-to-reach communities in Cornwall with access to super-fast broadband.

BT has received around £53 million from European regional Development for multi-million pound project that aims to equip 80-90 per cent of Cornish and the Isles of Scilly households and business with broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps by 2014.

The European Union is ready to provide funding for such projects as it wants its member states to offer residents a minimum of 30Mbps broadband by the year of 2020.

To begin with, the project will focus on south-east Cornwall. Eight Cornish communities, viz. Leedstown, St Agnes, Portreath, Chiverton Cross area, St Day, Devoran, Par and Stenalees will be the first to benefit from the project.

The director of next generation broadband for Cornwall Development Company, Nigel Ashcroft, expressed happiness over the development.

Commenting on the topic, Nigel added, “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.”

Meanwhile, Virgin Media said that it was working on a number of pilot projects to expand its network to more isolated areas in the UK.