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95% of Cornwall to Get Superfast Broadband

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7:02am 13th March 2013

More of us in Cornwall are going to be able to download music and movies quicker.

Officials had aimed to hook up 80% of home and businesses to superfast broadband by the end of next year.

Now they say will be more like 95%.

BT Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield said: “Cornwall was the first English county out of the blocks when it came to fibre broadband. The Council’s strong focus on extensive fibre coverage for Cornwall and the Scilly Isles is generating great results. We have been able to test run some new innovations in the county and as a result we have delivered efficiencies which are now enabling us to go further than we first thought possible.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company, the economic development company for Cornwall Council, said: “This announcement is a major step forward for Cornwall. It means that tens of thousands more Cornish businesses and households will have access to high-speed fibre broadband than was originally expected.

Among the Cornish businesses benefiting from fibre broadband is Music Publishing Services, established by Peter West in Camborne in 1981. The firm works with music publishers in many parts of the world including London, New York, Copenhagen and Paris.

Peter said: “Superfast broadband has transformed my whole experience of the internet. Music publishing is an international business and it is critical that I can transfer files efficiently on-line. The ability to provide a fast turnaround means my business has a real competitive edge in this fast moving sector.”

Peter receives handwritten manuscripts from composers and then produces the musical scores and individual parts for each person in the orchestra on his computer. “Delivering my work used to be really cumbersome – the files are often very large - but with superfast broadband it is quick and easy.”

7:02am 13th March 2013

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