Remote North Cornwall deserves decent broadband

Local MP Dan wants to bring superfast broadband to the last 5% of premises in Cornwall who aren't set to benefit from the Superfast Cornwall upgrade scheme.

The £123 million Superfast Cornwall scheme was set up with funding from the European Union, Cornwall Council and BT. It was originally designed to bring improvements to 90% of Cornish premises, but 95% of properties will see upgrades before the Superfast Cornwall programme finishes later this year.

Working with local residents, businesses, councillors and the team at Superfast Cornwall, Dan Rogerson has campaigned to make sure that as many rural communities as possible benefit from the current scheme.

Following campaigns, communities such as St Kew, Blisland, Laneast, St Clether, Badgall and Tregeare are now set to benefit from access to superfast broadband, despite being told initially that they wouldn’t be included under the Superfast Cornwall programme.

However, 5% of premises, a large number of which are in remote North Cornwall communities, still won’t see improvements under the current scheme.

Mr Rogerson is working to secure extra funding to allow as many premises as possible in North Cornwall to be able to access to fibre-based superfast broadband.

Dan Rogerson said, “The team at Superfast Cornwall have done a fantastic job in getting as many rural properties as possible connected to fibre-based superfast broadband. When Superfast Cornwall comes to an end later this year, 95% of properties and businesses will benefit from improved broadband speeds, including many communities that were initially told that they wouldn’t benefit such as St Kew, Blisland, Laneast, Badgall, St Clether and Tregeare.

“Whilst alternative technologies like satellite internet services are available to the 5% of premises that can’t access fibre-based superfast broadband, I am aware that this often doesn’t provide the level of services that many families and businesses need.

“That’s why I am working to secure extra funds to make sure that the 5% of premises in remote communities, and in Launceston town centre, who won’t benefit from the current Superfast Cornwall scheme see improvements.

“Funding for a second ‘Growth Deal’ for Cornwall was announced in the Government’s Autumn Budget statement back in December – I would like to see this investment include a new superfast broadband scheme for the 5% of premises that still need to access faster internet speeds.”