Four new broadband exchanges in
Four new towns in Cornwall are set to receive high speed
broadband internet within the next few months. Devoran, Hayle,
Par and Wadebridge all reached the required trigger level
of registrations last week as a result of campaigns run by
local people to raise interest levels.
The last few registrations required for Wadebridge were captured
by actnow at the Royal Cornwall Show where, with the help
of BT, a special satellite link was set up to enable people
to see broadband in action and register on the spot.
actnow encourages take-up of broadband in Cornwall and helps
businesses make the most of the opportunities it presents.
There are now over 5,300 broadband subscribers in Cornwall,
with over 1700 sign ups from small businesses alone. The Devoran,
Hayle and Par exchanges will be upgraded on 20 August and
the date for Wadebridge will be announced very shortly.
Ranulf Scarbrough, Project Manager for actnow, says: "We
have been trying to raise awareness of BT's broadband
registration scheme as local people interested in broadband
can really make a difference in helping to get broadband in
their area. Thanks to a few key individuals who have been
tirelessly campaigning for support, we have watched the level
of interest steadily increase. But even we were blown away
last week by the deluge in registrations which meant that
four areas hit their target in one week - we're absolutely
Ray Pipe, owner of the Amberley Guest House is one such local
'champion' who has helped to fly the broadband flag
in Par. Ray says: "I had several people ringing up in
response to our campaign in the Mid Cornwall Advertiser. We're
delighted that broadband is coming to Par sooner than expected;
it's going to make local businesses very happy."
Together, the four new exchanges will give 15,000 businesses
and households in Cornwall access to broadband technology
and take up is expected to be high demand for broadband
in the county is accelerating much more quickly than the majority
of similar rural areas elsewhere.
Elsewhere in the county, there are a further 13 towns for
which trigger levels have been set and BT has given these
remaining areas a helping hand by cutting every broadband
"trigger level" in the UK by 50 registrations to
mark the fact that it had passed its national target of one
million wholesale broadband connections by this summer.
Ranulf Scarbrough says: "What is important is for people
to keep up interest in remaining areas; it's now proven
that this can drive demand and help bring forward the date
when these towns get broadband. If anyone is interested in
helping in their area we can give them advice and support."
For further information about how to register, visit www.bt.com/broadband.
To contact actnow either for information or to discuss helping
to raise awareness of broadband in your local area, call Emma
Lydon on 01209 722850.
Below is a list of Cornish telephone exchanges
that have been earmarked for possible broadband upgrades.
The trigger level is the number of people who must register
their interest before their exchange will be broadband enabled.
The percentage so far shows the percentage of pre-registration
point /Percentage registered so far
Nanpean 200 57%
Callington 300 47%
St Day 300 40%
St Just 300 38%
Stenalees 300 35%
Three Waters 200 35%
Portreath 300 29%
St Agnes 300 28%
St Columb 300 28%
Germoe 300 26%
Lostwithiel 300 24%
Mevagissey 300 24%
St Dominick 350 22%
For more information contact:
Emma Lydon 01209 722850
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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