West Cornwall's rural businesses will welcome subsidised superfast broadband scheme

MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the launch of a new initiative which will enable thousands of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s most remote businesses to access subsidised superfast broadband connectivity from just £1 a day.

The UK-based satellite operator Avanti Communications, which is based in Mr Thomas’s West Cornwall constituency at Goonhilly, will operate the scheme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), providing superfast speeds of up to 40Mbps from their fleet of satellites that cover the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Currently 6,500 rural Cornish businesses are unable to access superfast broadband, putting them at a considerable disadvantage compared to better-connected rivals across the UK.

“Research shows that if all these 6,500 businesses had the superfast connection they deserve, it would have led to between 520 and 1170 new jobs being created and their turnover would increase by 26% in the first year,” said Mr Thomas.

“I had the pleasure of visiting Avanti’s satellite operations centre at Goonhilly a couple of years ago as they started to develop the scheme and I am delighted it has come to fruition.

“Too many of our enterprising young business owners are being hampered by the lack of superfast broadband connection and I would urge anyone in this position to look at what this new service can offer them.”

To find out more about the scheme and to check your eligibility, visit www.connecting-rural-cornwall.co.uk or call Avanti in Goonhilly on 01326 331719.