New broadband investment

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Cornwall Council has agreed a new £7.6 million deal that will enable the region to remain at the forefront of digital connectivity.

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A new programme of investment is being launched to build on the legacy of the pioneering Superfast Cornwall partnership between the European Union, BT and Cornwall Council, which is forecast to deliver fibre broadband access to 95% of premises in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, far beyond the project’s initial 80% target.

The new project sees the Council investing alongside the UK Government, through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), and BT to extend the fibre broadband network and provide increased access to superfast broadband speeds across Cornwall.

Match funding is also being provided through the Regional Growth Fund and Growth Deal.

Councillor Julian German, portfolio polder for Economy and Culture, said: “Digital connectivity is essential in addressing Cornwall’s peripherality from national and international markets.

“This new investment will build on the achievements of Superfast Cornwall and enable Cornwall to retain its leadership position as one of the best connected rural areas in the world, increasing prosperity by bringing benefits to businesses and households.”