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08.12.05
actnow launches new era of 'anytime anywhere business'

actnow, the Objective One project set up to spearhead the growth of broadband amongst businesses in Cornwall, has launched a campaign to promote use of wireless broadband hotspots in Cornwall.

actnow has sponsored some hotspots in strategic locations so that there is now an excellent infrastructure of hotspots right across Cornwall.

Nigel Ashcroft, project director, say: "In Cornwall, you are now never more than 10 minutes from broadband. Now you can enjoy the speed and convenience of broadband internet deep on Bodmin Moor, in a stunning clifftop location - or just at a convenient stopping place on the A30, over a cup of coffee!"

Wireless broadband hotspots are available at more than 100 sites in Cornwall – including cafes, pubs, service stations, hotels and many more sites in Cornwall.

At a hotspot, so long as you have a wireless enabled laptop or PDA, you can connect to broadband internet while you are out and about for less than 1p a minute.

Peter Phelan, director of Prophoto Ltd in Penryn, says: "Having access to the power and speed of broadband when I am away from the studio means I can keep the business buzzing and responsive at all times. Hotspots have transformed the way I work."

John Berry, managing director of Cornwall Enterprise, says: "Increasingly businesses want to be able to contact their customers or colleagues from wherever they are. Broadband has liberated business from their office. Business now happens 24/7 and from wherever the brains behind the business are."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, says: "Broadband has revolutionised business in Cornwall. The development of wireless hotspots is the next step as we work to ensure that Cornwall leads the way in the latest technology."

actnow is inviting businesses to an evening to discover more about 'Business Anytime Anywhere' at Kingsley Village, Fraddon, on 26th January 2006. Call actnow on 0800 800 935 to reserve a space.

For more information on hotspots in Cornwall, visit

www.actnowcornwall.co.uk/wirelessBroadbandHotspots.asp

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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 broadband economy. It is one of the largest private and public sector partnerships in Cornwall since the county was granted Objective One status by the European Union in 2000.

The £20 million project is part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). Other project partners include Cornwall Enterprise, the Objective One Partnership Office, BT, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall College.

For more information, contact Emma Lydon on 0800 800 935

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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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