Cornwall online OK
Plans to roll-out ADSL to rural areas took a step forward with week with the unveiling of six exchanges in Cornwall part-funded by European cash.
Thanks to the initiative exchanges in Truro, St Austell, Redruth, Camborne, Newquay and Penzance are now DSL-enabled.
And if there's enough demand then exchanges at Falmouth, Bodmin, Launceston, Saltash, Penryn, St Ives and Bude will be upgraded later this year.
The project called ACT NOW is a public/private sector partnership involving outfits such as BT and the South West of England Regional Development Agency.
Altogether, £12.5 million has been invested to help get small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cornwall online.
More than £5 million was provided by the European Union.
From today 3,300 Cornish businesses will be able to choose from a range of access and hardware packages starting at £34.95 a month.
If successful, BT is looking to extend this public/private partnership to ten other areas in the UK over the next couple of years. ®