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2:27pm 20th December 2011

Another chunk of Cornwall is connected to superfast broadband.

Trispen, Lanivet, Penryn, Porthtowan and Drakewalls and parts of Truro and Liskeard have just gone online.

Rob Trethewey, the chairman of St Erme Parish Council, which covers the Trispen area, said: “This is fantastic news, a very important step forward for Trispen. It’s the best Christmas present the village could have been given. 

“Broadband has been a hot topic in Trispen for several years. Most of the village has been affected by very slow broadband speeds. About 200 people in the village responded to a survey we organised and about 80 per cent reported slow broadband speeds or connection problems of some kind.

“All that is going to change.  The village will be lit up for Christmas in more ways than one!”

The Superfast Cornwall partnership says the rollout is happening quicker than expected. By the end of March, 90,000 homes and businesses will have access to superfast broadband. That is over a third of all premises across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Bosses have also revealed another 14 Cornish communities will get access a year earlier than expected.

Camelford, Perranporth, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Padstow, Mitchell, Otterham, Port Isaac, St Columb Major, St Merryn, The Lizard, Tintagel, Rumford and Boscastle are now due to be upgraded in 2012, rather than 2013. That represents about 25,000 homes and businesses.

Nigel Ashcroft, programme director of Superfast Cornwall for Cornwall Development Company, said:

“We’re tremendously excited to bring superfast broadband to Trispen in particular, an area we’ve had on our radar for some time.  As the first major phase of the programme roll-out gathers momentum, we’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm from local people – demand for better connectivity is high and we’re looking to break some records on the take-up of this incredible new service.  We really want businesses and people to grasp this early advantage and translate it into real economic benefit; new jobs and opportunities for all.”


2:27pm 20th December 2011

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