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29.07.05
Ranulf Scarbrough Move

Doctor Ranulf ScarbroughOne of the leading lights behind the phenomenal growth of Broadband technology in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has moved jobs. Doctor Ranulf Scarbrough has been working with actnow, a public private partnership involving Objective One investment, since November 2002. He has now accepted a job as chief researcher with a telecommunications company and because of the high speed Broadband Internet access now available through actnow, will be able to work from his Falmouth home.

Since the actnow project began in April 2002 more than 6,200 businesses across Cornwall are now connected to Broadband, giving them a competitive edge across the world. Through actnow, Broadband was also recently rolled out to St Mary's, the Isles of Scilly and it is estimated that there is now more than 99 per cent coverage of the entire region. There are already more than 52,000 Broadband connections across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly including businesses, consumers and charities.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership said: "Ranulf Scarbrough's futuristic approach and national IT experience have played an invaluable part in the success of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly actnow project and he will be much missed. actnow is one of the major projects under the Objective One programme and has vastly improved the region's communications infrastructure. This in turn has given businesses the ability to compete globally and is proving invaluable for the growing knowledge-based economy. There is a pleasing symmetry to the fact that Ranulf will be able to continue high end research from Cornwall because of the technology he helped to introduce to begin with."

Nigel Ashcroft, actnow Project Director said: "Ranulf's input into actnow has been key to the fantastic success that we've seen over the last three years. He led the team to smash all of our targets for broadband take up in Cornwall and has contributed to the future vision for the project. The fact that Ranulf is leaving to take on a key research role within telecommunications is testament to the pioneering nature of the work that actnow has delivered."

Scarbrough said: "The success of actnow has been a reflection of the hard work of the whole team that has put IT at the forefront of businesses in the region and made it sustainable. The project changed the way that Broadband technology is delivered to rural areas and the model that was first trialled in Cornwall is now a public private partnership exemplar and is being used across the country. While I will be sad to move on from my role at actnow the new post offers further exciting challenges working with ever-improving communications technology."

Before actnow urban areas were the main targets for Broadband technology. actnow meant that not only was the technology put into a rural area but businesses were actively encouraged to use it. This was done by offering a support package which included advice on how to use IT to business advantage as well as subsidised connections.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan of the Objective One Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or 07973 813647 or email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in actnow through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

actnow is a £20 million project of which more than £7million came from the Objective One ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). 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. Project partners include Cornwall Enterprise, BT, South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link, Cornwall College, DEFRA, the Cornwall Broadband Partnership and Objective One.

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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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