Friday, 27 May 2011

Superfast Broadband for Cornwall - Launceston to be at full speed by March 2012

Launceston will have superfast broadband by March next year according to an announcement by Cornwall Council and BT. Our town will be among a number in East Cornwall which will be in the first tranche of the roll out which is the latest stage in a project started by the Lib Dem led County Council a number of years ago.

The announcement lists Liskeard, Callington, Gunnislake, Launceston, Bude, Kilkhampton, Widemouth Bay, Bodmin, Camborne, Falmouth, Lanivet, Marazion, Penryn, Porthtowan, Redruth and Truro as the exchanges which will be upgraded first and St Austell as the first location for the even faster FTTP project.

The first stage will make 30-40% of Cornwall superfast and a second tranche will bring that proportion up to 70-80% by autumn next year. No date has been given for connecting the remaining areas (including major towns like Helston and Wadebridge).

It's great news for Launceston to be in the first tranche and will hopefully be an added incentive to businesses to locate here and to existing firms to work more profitably.

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