Cornwall and Isles of Scilly were recently selected to be in the first wave of the Government’s Project Gigabit, which will be tackling the hardest to reach areas, so that as much as possible of the UK has access to gigabit speeds. The initial stages for appointing suppliers to deliver Project Gigabit in Cornwall are now underway and BDUK (Building Digital UK) expect to launch the process to appoint a supplier in early 2022. The rollout could start in late 2022 or early 2023. The rollout is expected to run until the end of 2025 and BDUK will be aiming to prioritise areas with the slowest existing connections. Further information is at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-new-5bn-project-gigabit.
Communities can look at options outlined here if they want to investigate ways of accelerating the rollout in their area.
Project Gigabit Public Review Launched
Following an Open Market Review, BDUK is seeking views from the public and other stakeholders with regard to existing or planned commercial gigabit capable broadband in the area of Cornwall. This consultation opens on 15 July 2021 and closes on 16 August 2021. Please see www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-gigabit-programme-cornwall-and-isles-of-scilly-public-review for more information.