100,000 broadband connections in Cornwall and the Isles of
This week sees Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly hit the milestone
of 100,000 broadband connections, as the broadband boom continues.
actnow is the pioneering Objective One project
set up by Cornwall Enterprise in partnership with BT to drive
the growth of broadband. Its Project Director, Nigel Ashcroft,
says: "We are thrilled that broadband is now being
used throughout the county, by people of all ages and from
all backgrounds. Although actnow was originally
set up to promote broadband use amongst businesses, our vision
is to see the benefits of broadband being enjoyed by every
man, woman and child in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."
Annie Heyden of Mullion is an avid broadband user and uses
it to stay in close contact with her children and grandchildren,
who all live hundreds of miles away.
Annie says: "Because of broadband, I can have frequent
communication with all my family. The grandchildren send me
photos of what they have been up to and the latest photos
of their pets. My grandson even persuaded me to join MSN Messenger.
It's great – I can have live email chats with
them over the internet. One of my sons is planning to spend
some time in Australia soon, but because of broadband, if
he goes it will not seem so far away."
Annie continues: "I do my banking online now. It's
wonderful and saves me having to travel into Helston all the
time as we have no banks in Mullion anymore. I also use it
for shopping sometimes and this makes life a lot easier, especially
when you live in Cornwall and would have to travel a long
way to be able to find what you were after in the shops."
Annie is brushing up her computer skills at the Computer
Club recently set up at the Community Centre in Helston by
retired local businessman John Mitchell. John says: "We
want to make sure everyone in the community can benefit from
With 100,000 broadband connections, Cornwall is showing ADSL
broadband growth levels ahead of the national average.
39.3% of all households and businesses in Cornwall are now
connected to ADSL broadband, compared to a national average
of 31.4% and a South West average of 34.4%.
Nearly 9,000 businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
are connected to broadband and receiving support though actnow.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
says: "Objective One has been a great opportunity
to enable the public-private partnership to accelerate the
growth of broadband in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and
it is fantastic news that we are ahead of the national average.
Broadband can be transformational in its impact both for businesses
Lizzie Beesley, South West Regional Director for BT, one
of the major partners in actnow, says: "The
passing of this important milestone demonstrates the extent
to which the Cornish community is embracing the huge opportunities
offered by broadband. This is a vital step forward for the
county. Broadband is boosting the competitiveness of Cornish
businesses and helping individuals benefit from new education
and leisure opportunities, but much remains to be done. It
is not just about whether companies and individuals have broadband,
it is about how effectively they are using the technology."
For further information please contact Emma Lydon of actnow
on 0800 800 935 or email: Emma.Lydon@actnowcornwall.co.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).
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 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were granted Objective
One status by the European Union in 2000.
The £20 million pound 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 (Defra), the South West
of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), the Cornwall
County Council, Business Link Devon and Cornwall, Cornwall
College and Rural Cornwall Partnership.
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