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07.07.03
Broadband comes to Liskeard!

Thursday 24th July sees the launch of broadband internet in Liskeard, after a vigorous campaign by local people to prove that there was a high level of demand in the town.

Broadband offers high speed internet at up to 40 times faster than a standard dial up connection. It also offers 'always on' connection for a fixed price and can be used simultaneously with the telephone using the same line. For businesses and self employed people, this means huge savings in time and money and can open up opportunities for online trading which they could only dream of up until now."

Jane Pascoe who runs Purdy's Bakery in the town and is Secretary of the Liskeard Chamber of Commerce says: "The Chamber of Commerce have been campaigning for broadband in Liskeard and we are absolutely delighted. We believe broadband is essential for businesses to be able to compete in today's fierce marketplaces. Broadband will also help the commercial development of the town. There are often enquiries from businesses looking to move to the area and they have been put off by the fact we have not had broadband up until now."

There is further great news for Liskeard as it has just been announced that actnow, the Objective One project which was set up last year to bring broadband to businesses in Cornwall, will offer a substantial rebate on the costs to local businesses. Through actnow, the cost of a broadband connection is from only £19.99 a month and further rebates are available to help with the cost of business development to exploit the new technology to the full.

Nigel Ashcroft, Project Director of actnow, says: "The arrival of broadband in Liskeard will be a terrific boost to local businesses and is likely to accelerate the regeneration currently happening in the town. It is the icing on the cake that thanks to Objective One, businesses will be able to enjoy the benefits of broadband at a subsidised cost through actnow and can also take advantage of our free advice service."

To celebrate the arrival of broadband in the town, actnow are holding a free reception at the Lord Eliot Hotel on Thursday 24th July between 6 –7.30 pm. There will be an opportunity to hear more about broadband and actnow and network with other local businesses.

All self employed people and businesses based in Liskeard are welcome. To reserve a place, just call Kathryn Roberts on 01209 722850.

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Editor's notes:

actnow is an Objective One funded project set up last year to bring broadband internet to Cornwall. It is a £12.5 million pound project in which Objective One has invested £ 5.25 million. actnow encourages take up of broadband in Cornwall and helps businesses make the most of the opportunities it presents. There are now almost 2000 sign ups to broadband in Cornwall from small businesses alone.

Partners in the actnow project are Cornwall Enterprise, BT, Cornwall College, Business Link and the South West Regional Development Agency.

For further information, call Emma Lydon on 01209 72285

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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