Broadband accelerates across Cornwall
High speed service is "the
icing on the cake" for Camelford's regeneration drive
actnow, the pioneering multi million pound project for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly today announced a major expansion
of high speed broadband across Cornwall, thanks to Objective
Seven further communities, representing more than 14,000
Cornish homes and businesses, are to be equipped with broadband
before Christmas. They include Camelford, where there has
been unprecedented interest in ordering the high speed service.
The announcement was today welcomed as "fantastic news"
by Cornwall County Councillor Bob Ellison, who is also a director
of economic regeneration organisation Cornwall Enterprise.
Councillor Ellison said: "Broadband will boost our economic
regeneration prospects no end. It really is the icing on Camelford's
regeneration cake. My next objective is to secure a suitable
site for a modern business park."
More than 500 Camelford households and businesses had registered
an interest in ordering broadband.
The other Cornish communities to benefit are Callington,
Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, Three Waters, St Just and St Day.
Broadband will be available at all seven Cornish communities
from December 17.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "We have invested £5.25 million in actnow to ensure that Cornish businesses have the benefit of broadband.
Thanks to the decreasing costs of technology, we have been
able to bring broadband to far more communities than originally
envisaged, including the seven announced today, which is wonderful
Businesses using broadband in the seven communities will
be able to receive the full actnow support package of business
advice, rebates on broadband set-up costs and monthly charges
and the actnow accelerator service, which provides subsidies
of up to 40 per cent on the cost of broadband-related ICT
Nigel Ashcroft, actnow project director, today paid tribute
to the "outstanding" efforts of local campaigners
to raise awareness of the benefits of broadband in their communities.
He said: "What has been achieved in Camelford, in particular,
is phenomenal. We have been working hard behind the scenes
to find a way of bringing the service to the town.
"Thanks to support from the Cornwall Objective One Partnership,
we are delighted to build on the success of actnow by supporting
the arrival of broadband in Camelford and six other Cornish
Lizzie Beesley, South West regional director for BT, one
of the major partners in actnow, said: "I would like
to congratulate the people of all these Cornish communities
for strong and highly successful campaigns to raise awareness
of the benefits of broadband.
"The number of people in these communities who have
shown a clear interest in broadband has given us the confidence
that we are directing our investment where there is real customer
demand for the service."
Camelford businessman Simon Final, who led the broadband
campaign in the town, said: "It's great that actnow has been able to play a key role in putting Camelford on the
broadband map. The response in Camelford to this campaign
has been superb and the Chamber of Commerce have backed me
all the way. The community has shown that there is a great
demand for broadband in this town. Broadband becoming available
will make a tremendous difference to many Camelford people
actnow has been recognised as being the most successful rural
broadband partnership in the country, having recently received
for its innovation a national champions award in the Broadband
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall to gain the support they
need to move into the new broadband economy. Including about
£5.25 million from Objective One, it is one of the largest
private and public sector partnerships in Cornwall since Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly were granted Objective One status
by the European Union in 2000.
Partners include BT, the Objective One Partnership
Office, Cornwall Enterprise, the South West of England Regional
Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link
Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall College.
Broadband operates at much higher speeds than
a standard internet connection with consumer products typically
10 times faster and business products up to 40 times faster.
Products can be ordered from a range of service providers.
For more information contact Emma Lydon of
actnow on 01209 722850.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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