Camelford looks forward to a prosperous
December 17th sees the arrival of broadband in Camelford
after a long campaign by local businesses, spearheaded by
Simon Final who runs Stephens Hardware in the town.
Simon Final started a campaign to bring broadband to the
town last June and gathered over 500 registrations of interest.
This was the highest level of interest in the whole of the
UK achieved for an area without a 'trigger level' (a target
level of registrations set by BT, which, once reached, triggers
the exchange to be upgraded). The level of registrations generated
in Camelford resulted in significant interest from other campaigners
and broadband pressure groups across the UK.
"The success of Camelford has become a shining beacon nationwide,
showing how much can be achieved by individual campaigners,"
said Nigel Ashcroft, Project Director of actnow.
The Camelford campaign has been supported by actnow, the
Objective One project, which fast-tracked the process of getting
broadband so the exchange was put straight into BT's upgrade
actnow have also confirmed that businesses within reach of
the exchange will receive the full actnow support package
of business advice, as well as a rebate on broadband set up
costs and ongoing monthly charges. In addition, through its
accelerator service, actnow can subsidise up to 40% of the
costs where businesses want to grow through broadband related
The project has been hailed as the most successful rural
broadband partnership in the country, recently receiving a
national champions award for its innovation in the Broadband
Nigel Ashcroft, actnow Project Director says: "What
has been achieved in Camelford is phenomenal. The vision and
drive of one or two individuals can make a huge difference."
Simon Final, who led the Camelford campaign says: "I
worked hard to gather enough registrations just to get a trigger
level set, so it was great when actnow came along and put
Camelford straight into the upgrade programme. After we hit
the 500 mark, I was sure we'd be successful as that's more
than most exchanges need to be upgraded. Now we can look
forward to broadening horizons for businesses and self employed
people in Camelford. It is a great Christmas present for the
town and we can certainly look forward with confidence as
we embark on making the most of the new technology! It will
open up eCommerce to many and save businesses time and money."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "The lower
costs of technology have meant that we can help more communities
than was originally envisaged. The Objective One Partnership
is delighted to see Camelford and the other six towns upgraded
and we know that this will help guarantee them a prosperous
Bob Ellison, County Councillor for Camelford and Director
of Cornwall Enterprise says: "The arrival of broadband
is the icing on Camelford's regeneration cake! My next objective
is to secure a suitable site for a modern business park. Broadband
will boost our economic regeneration prospects no end."
The other exchanges in Cornwall set to get broadband on December
17th programme are Callington, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, Three
Waters, St Just and St Day.
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
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 and the Isles of Scilly since they were granted
Objective One status by the European Union in 2000.
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)
broadband transforms the pair of copper wires between a local
telephone exchange and the customer's telephone socket into
a high speed digital line.
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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