Cornwall’s territory has already stacked up a total of about 100 miles of fibre optic cable. Villagers have now access to a very fast internet connection which runs at speeds that can match even the ones available in big cities and their financial districts. The best places that harbor great internet speeds are Chacewater and Blackwater, two villages in the countryside, situated near Truro.
In last year’s month of September, British Telecom (BT) had announced that they would manage to sell their service to as much as 90% of homes, in both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This is the most ambitious fibre optic roll-out that grabbed hold of the rural UK so far, and its final cost reached an astonishing sum of £132 million. By the end of March, more than 14,000 customers will benefit from an extremely fast internet connection via broadband. The whole project will be finalized in 2014, and it would become a template for the upcoming broadband projects in UK’s rural areas. Funding will come from the telecoms, reaching about £78 million, as well as from the European Regional Development Fund which will contribute with another £53 million. This investment will prove to be the largest one made by the European Union so far.
An example of a fast broadband client is Chacewater’s Britannia Hotel. A businessman from Chacewater, Robin Mackay, initiated an online business meeting with his colleague in New York. Mr. Mackay later said: “This is the first time we’ve overtaken the rest of the country. It’s quite impressive.” Michael Owen, who is the landlord of the already broadband connected hotel said: “Village pubs are closing at an alarming rate. This is a business opportunity that can’t be missed. People will use the hub of the community once again.”
Another man, Nigel Ashcroft, this time representing the Cornwall Development Company said: “This is the best piece of infrastructure that Cornwall is going to have in the next 20 years. We really do need this connectivity. We need to compete in a global economy. Our businesses, albeit small and in rural areas, are going to need the best connection to compete for the future.”
It appears that Cornwall is just one “stepping stone” in a series of stepping stones that are meant to take a fast internet connection directly into British rural homes.