Hopes that new rural broadband scheme will speed up ‘not spots’


Local MP Dan Rogerson has said a new superfast broadband scheme for the Duchy will bring improvements to many internet ‘not spots’ across North Cornwall.

Mr Rogerson, who is also the Government Minister for Rural Affairs with responsibility for rural broadband schemes, announced a multi-million pound investment in superfast broadband across Cornwall this week.

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The current Superfast Cornwall scheme, which is due to finish later this year, will bring upgrades to 95% of properties.

This new funding will be used to bring fibre-based broadband to 99% of properties and businesses.

Mr Rogerson said that once details of the scheme had been finalised, he would be pushing to bring fibre-based broadband to communities in North Cornwall that fall in the 5% of Cornish premises that haven’t seen upgrades under the current Superfast Cornwall programme.

Local MP Dan Rogerson said, “Access to a decent broadband connection is vital for families and local businesses. The remaining 5% of premises not included in the current Superfast Cornwall scheme deserve access to a decent broadband connection - this includes many ‘not spot’ communities in North Cornwall who are still struggling to get access to broadband.

“The funding announced this week will be allocated to a local organisation such as Superfast Cornwall, who will be responsible for organising and delivering the upgrades. When all the details have been finalised I will be working as local MP to make sure that homeowners and businesses across rural North Cornwall benefit from this new upgrade scheme.”

Rural communities that aren’t going to be included in the current Superfast Cornwall scheme and which could benefit from this new funding include Jacobstow near Bude, Davidstow, St Juliot and Lesnewth near Camelford, parts of St Ervan and St Issey near Padstow, and Helland and Lanhydrock near Bodmin.

Properties in Launceston town centre also struggle to get superfast broadband, affecting many local businesses.


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