South-west communities given broadband boost

20 April 2012

A number of communities in the south-west are set to enjoy access to faster broadband than they have previously been used to.In total, 52 of Cornwall's 99 telephone exchange areas now offer fibre-based internet, meaning places such as Looe, Kingsand, Harrowbarrow and Cawsand are finally connected.More than 95,000 premises in the region now have access to the best residential and business broadband on the market. That is in excess of a third of all properties in the county.Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall's programme director for the Cornwall Development Company, said: "It is not just about building a new network. We are also seeing enthusiasm for superfast broadband from the homes and businesses of Cornwall."The importance of rolling out superfast broadband across the UK was recently summed up by a spokesman for the Internet Services Providers' Association, who said the technology provides a "tremendous opportunity" to the country.

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