BT broadband chief in Cornwall

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is leading Europe with its “pioneering” roll-out of superfast broadband, a top telecommunications executive said today.

Bill Murphy (l) with UKNetWeb MD Toby Parkins

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for next generation broadband, said during a fact-finding visit to Cornwall that the high-speed technology was already starting to provide a major economic boost for local businesses and households.

“Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have shown tremendous foresight and vision by developing the Superfast Cornwall partnership well ahead of almost all other areas in the UK and across Europe,” he said.

“Representatives of communities all over the UK have ‘hot footed’ it here to find out more about Cornwall Council’s innovative partnership – and with good reason. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are blazing a trail, which many other areas want to follow.

“They are leading Europe with this pioneering initiative.”

Murphy’s two-day visit to Cornwall included a meeting with St Agnes-based web development company UKNetWeb, which is one of the first businesses to use the fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology.

MD Toby Parkins said: “Superfast broadband has taken us into the super league. We now have broadband speeds that outperform most of our clients in London.”

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