Monday, 22 November 2010

Superfast Broadband - pilot areas announced

Cornwall Council and BT have today announced that eight areas are in line for the first stage of the next generation superfast broadband for Cornwall. The eight will see the service upgraded by March next year.

That's great news but it's a real shame that none of the first tranche is in East Cornwall despite a pledge by the Cabinet to start the roll out in the East.

The eight areas are:

Leedstown,
the Chiverton Cross area,
St Agnes,
Portreath,
St Day,
Devoran,
Stenalees
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In her press release comment, Cabinet member Carolyn Rule refers to these as 'pilot areas' and still promises that the first real roll out will begin in South East Cornwall. To me, eight areas constitutes a roll out rather than a pilot and I would have hoped that any pilot areas could have included North Cornwall towns.

Next Generation Broadband is a good thing for Cornwall and I thoroughly welcome the announcement that work has started.

I have written to Carolyn asking her when North Cornwall, and in particular Launceston, can expect to see the superfast broadband.

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