Village split in half by broadband access set to be united

Residents in a north Cornwall village are set to benefit from improvements to broadband in the area after initial upgrade works only saw half of the premises get access to a superfast connection.

Works were carried out last year to put the superfast fibre broadband network in place in St Eval, near Padstow, but only half of the community were able to benefit.

Many premises have been left with download speeds that are frequently less than 1 megabyte per second, despite neighbours on the same street being able to access faster speeds.

Superfast Cornwall have confirmed to local MP Dan Rogerson that further work will now be carried out in St Eval to extend fibre-to-the-premises technology to all properties in the area.

Commenting, Dan said “Furious St Eval residents contacted me after half of the village were able to access superfast broadband, whilst the others living nearby or even in the same street struggled to get internet access.

“Despite everyone paying the same price for their internet service, villagers were initially told that there were no plans to improve the situation for residents suffering from super slow speeds. After raising the matter with Superfast Cornwall I am pleased that they will now be carrying out extra works to make sure that everyone has access to faster internet.

“I will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure that these much-needed improvements are carried out so that everyone in St Eval is treated fairly.”

Superfast Cornwall told Dan that “after some investigations it has been established that there is further work required to give service to premises in St Eval.” The work is due to be finished by the end of March 2015.