Cornwall steps up its broadband
Cornwall's successful broadband campaign will be stepped
up next month with a host of events to further raise awareness
of the high speed service.
A 'Broadband Week,' believed to be the first of
its kind in the UK, is due to be held during the week starting
Monday February 3 to coincide with ADSL broadband becoming
available at BT exchanges in four further towns in Cornwall
St Ives, Saltash, Bude and Penryn.
actnow, the multi million pound Cornish broadband project
launched in April of last year, today announced a series of
free broadband events during the week, including receptions,
talks and seminars. And one lucky business registering an
interest in ordering ADSL during Broadband Week will win a
year's free broadband.
Receptions between 5pm and 7pm will be held at the China
Fleet Club, Saltash, on February 3, the Combined Universities
for Cornwall Tremough Campus, Penryn, on February 4 and the
Falcon Hotel, Bude, on February 5.
There will also be a morning reception between 8am and 10am
at The Tate, St Ives, on February 6 and 'open door'
sessions at actnow's customer experience centres at Tolvaddon
near Camborne; PFA Research, Bodmin; Enterprise Tamar, Launceston.
The open door sessions will take place throughout normal working
hours at the Tolvaddon centre, between 12noon and 2pm on February
5 at Launceston and between 5pm and 7pm on February 6 at Bodmin.
Rounding off the week, between 12noon and 2pm on Friday February
7, will be a seminar at the Digital Peninsula Network offices
in Penzance, which explores forms of broadband other than
ADSL, such as satellite and wireless.
Nigel Ashcroft, actnow project director, said: "We are
delighted with the growing demand for broadband in Cornwall.
By the end of Broadband Week, more than 3,000 Cornish businesses
and households will have ordered broadband.
"Now we want to take awareness in Cornwall of the tremendous
opportunities offered by broadband to an even higher level.
"The evening receptions in Bude, Saltash and Penryn
and the morning meeting in St Ives will provide the ideal
opportunity for local people and businesses to hear what broadband
can do for them. At each event, there will be short presentations
on broadband plus the opportunity for questions and networking.
"Experts will also be available at the 'open door'
sessions at our customer experience centres when people will
be able to see for themselves broadband in action. We really
hope that people will take advantage of the excellent opportunity
provided by these events. Most people will be amazed by the
speed of broadband and its many applications."
Nine BT exchanges in Truro, St Austell, Redruth, Camborne,
Newquay, Penzance, Falmouth, Bodmin and Launceston are already
equipped with the latest ADSL technology.
Small and medium businesses in the four newly enabled areas
of Bude, Penryn, Saltash and St Ives are being mailed details
of the events and broadband information.
The actnow package for small and medium businesses includes
pre and post sign-up advice, a range of computer equipment
and broadband connection options to suit the needs of individual
businesses, financial support and privileged members'
access to the actnow website.
For the basic engineer-installed broadband service provided
by BT, actnow subsidies reduce the installation charges from
£210 to nil and the monthly line rental from £29.99
Further information about broadband week can be obtained
by calling actnow on 01209 722850 or visiting the website
The actnow programme, launched on April 24
2002, 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 the county was granted
Objective One status by the European Union in 2000. Partners
include BT, the Objective One Partnership Office, Cornwall
Enterprise, Council, Business Link Devon and Cornwall, the
South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall
County Council and Cornwall College.
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)
transforms the pair of copper wires between a local telephone
exchange and the customer's telephone socket into a high
speed digital line.
It is called asymmetric because it is generally
configured to move data more quickly from exchange to customer
than from customer to exchange. This makes it particularly
suitable for applications where customers expect to receive
more data than they transmit. Use of the World Wide Web, corporate
intranets and the reception of digital audio-visual material
generally fit this pattern.
For further information contact Neil Simpkin
of actnow on 01209 722850 or Jason Mann of BT on 0845 726 2624.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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