Cornwall among first areas to get better broadband from £5bn Project Gigabit
- Up to 110,000 homes and businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to be connected to next-generation gigabit broadband
- Includes Launceston, Callington, Looe in East Cornwall and Camborne-Pool-Redruth and Penzance in the West
- £5 billion Project Gigabit to prioritise hard-to-reach rural areas with slowest speeds
Cornwall will be among the first areas to benefit from Project Gigabit, the government’s new £5 billion scheme to bring the fastest broadband on earth to hard to reach areas.
Up to 110,000 homes and businesses in the region – including Launceston, Callington, Looe, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly – will have new gigabit broadband built to them.
The government-funded projects will prioritise buildings that currently have the slowest connections and which would otherwise have been left behind in broadband companies’ rollout plans.
Their available speeds will rocket from less than 30 megabits per second to more than 1,000 megabits or one gigabit per second.
Gigabit-capable broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available. They will pave the way for new and unexpected social benefits alongside jobs and economic growth over the coming decades, and revolutionise rural communities by giving people the freedom to live and work more flexibly.
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
“Our £5 billion Project Gigabit will dismantle the digital divide and level up rural communities in every corner of the nation, and I’m thrilled that Cornwall will be one of the first areas to benefit.
“As we build back better from coronavirus these lightning-fast internet speeds will level up Cornish communities making them more attractive places to live, raise families and start businesses.”
Up to 510,000 homes and businesses are set to benefit across the UK, with Cornwall down as one of eight areas announced today as the first in line for procurements alongside Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Tees Valley. This will rise to a million in June when we will announce the next tranche.
Project Gigabit will invest a record £5 billion to incentivise network providers to build to areas deemed ‘commercially unviable’. Areas with the largest proportion of premises identified as hard-to-reach or connected to slow speeds will be first in line for support.
The successful Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is also being extended with a £210 million cash injection to give people in rural areas immediate financial help to get gigabit speeds.
On top of this the government is making £110 million available to connect public sector buildings in the countryside – such as GP surgeries, libraries and schools – with this revolutionary infrastructure.
Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning said:
“As we have seen during the coronavirus emergency, the importance of good, reliable and fast broadband connections has never been more vital.
“Cornwall being earmarked as one of the first places to benefit from Project Gigabit will have a positive impact for local businesses and enable thousands more to reach out to new customers and revolutionise the way they operate.
“But it’s also the connections between families and communities, as well as enabling many to work efficiently from home in these difficult times, that is welcomed. Our great connectivity is one of the reasons global leaders will be coming to Cornwall for the G7 and this will further our reputation as a great place to do business and connect with the world”
The first areas will see spades in the ground in the first half of 2022.
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Superfast Cornwall: the programme explained
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Forward With Fibre @ Eden Project | Superfast Cornwall
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This is Our Story
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