Cornwall prepares for high-speed surfing

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A new high-speed broadband network is to be created in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly bringing super-fast internet access to the region.

Up to 90 per cent of local businesses and homes will have access to super-fast fibre broadband by 2014 as part of an ambitious £132 million project announced by BT and Cornwall Council.

Supported with European funding, the project will benefit tens of thousands of local businesses, create 4,000 new local jobs and protect a further 2,000 positions.

The investment has the potential to transform the local economy by boosting local business productivity. And it’s expected to help to attract new business to the area keen to tap into the world-leading connectivity on offer.

Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, said: “This is a very significant project that once again positions Cornwall as a broadband leader. It will make the county one of the best connected areas in the world and provide a major boost to its prosperity.

“This partnership shows what can be achieved when people work with BT. The ‘final third’ of the UK is undoubtedly challenging to reach with fibre but this project shows it is possible. Our door remains open to others who are keen to work with us to bring fibre broadband to their areas,” he said.