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Broadband Black Spots Revealed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:39am 23rd February 2012. (Updated at 10:43am 23rd February 2012)

Cornwall's broadband black spots are being revealed.

A report says download speeds are much slower than average in almost half of Duchy postcodes.

U-Switch claims the north coast and parts of the Lizard are worse-off.

Emma Morrison lives in Welcombe on the Cornwall Devon border and says it is a nightmare: "My husband works from home so it causes him problems trying to just do his everyday work. And then for us, we don't have television but we sometimes try to download which is absolutely impossible.

"It's just infuriating because you try to do something and then it cuts out all the time and so something that should take ten minutes, tends to take several hours. Even things like helping the children with projects for school on the internet, it goes down".

The slowest superfast broadband speed is 20Mbps, or megabits per second.

Many places in Cornwall are running on 5Mbps or slower.

Date from U-Switch:

Delabole - 2.626
Black Cross - 2.710
Port Issac - 2.751
Goonhilly Downs - 2.804
Drakewells - 3.006
Quintrell Downs - 3.050
Tregony - 3.117
Fowey - 3.376
Millbrook - 3.434
Tintagel - 3.400
Whitecross - 3.716
Lostwithiel - 3.840
Kellybray - 3.915
Trevone - 3.996
Tregenna - 4.292
Antony - 4.353
Trewoon - 4.539
Boscastle - 4.591
Slaughter Bridge - 4.678
Swanpool - 4.892
Liskeard (outskirts) - 4.959

Tips on how to boost your broadband:

 
A multi-million pound project to get Cornwall hooked up to Superfast Broadband is set to be completed by 2014.

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