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13.07.05
Broadband Arrives at the Most South-Westerly Point of the UK

On the 13 July broadband arrived on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly and businesses on the islands couldn't wait to start reaping the benefits.

actnow, the pioneering Objective One project which has spearheaded the growth of broadband amongst businesses in Cornwall was amazed by the enthusiasm and demand for broadband among Scillonians. The actnow team recently visited the islands with their broadband demonstrator vehicle to offer help and advice on signing up to broadband.

The Tregarthen's Hotel on St Mary's has been one of the first to sign up. Director Trevor Richards says:

"It's great that broadband has finally arrived on the Isles of Scilly. We originally registered our interest with actnow when they visited last year - now the time savings and additional functionality that broadband allows has become a reality. It will make a huge difference to the way our business runs."

Dibble and Grub, a bistro style café on Porthcressa Beach have also signed up. Button Reseigh who runs the café with her partner Gareth O Neil says:

"We can't wait to start using broadband! Not only will the faster connection help us with the day to day running of the restaurant, but now we will be able to set up a 'Wireless broadband hotspot' enabling our customers access to their email and the internet whilst relaxing and enjoying our food."

John Berry, Managing Director of Cornwall Enterprise, the lead partner in actnow says:

"For such a remote community technological advancements like broadband are invaluable in order to allow businesses on the islands to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the country."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly says:

"The actnow project has been a runaway success under the Objective One Programme and has become a national exemplar. It has already proved an invaluable tool for businesses in Cornwall and it is good news that this competitive edge will now also be available to those on the Isles of Scilly."

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Editor's notes:

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.

The partnership comprises Cornwall Enterprise, BT, South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link, Cornwall College and Defra.

Broadband operates at much higher speeds than a standard internet connection with 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.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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