Superfast expands remote roll out

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The Superfast Cornwall programme has announced plans to include additional remote communities in its roll out of fibre optic broadband.

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It says that another ten “hard-to-reach communities” will now receive fibre broadband by early 2015.

They are the villages of Badgall, Laneast, St Clether and Tregeare, near Bodmin; Nancledra in west Cornwall; and Philleigh, Polhendra, Trethewell,Trewithian and Rosevine on the Roseland peninsula.

Superfast Cornwall has already made the fibre broadband network available to 90% of Cornish homes and businesses – making it one of the best connected rural areas in Europe – and says it will achieve 95% coverage by the end of the year.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company, the economic development company of Cornwall Council, said: “We understand the importance of improving connectivity in remote areas of Cornwall and the impact it can have on communities.

“We are really proud of our achievements this far and this additional coverage will be a vital economic and social advantage to some of those communities we thought we wouldn’t be able to cover in our current programme.

“There is still work to do as the build continues until the end early next year. We have not forgotten about the 5% that aren’t included in our current programme and we are developing a new project to look at those areas over the next few years.”

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