St Kew parish locals petition for superfast broadband
RESIDENTS in the parish of St Kew have launched a petition in a bid to be connected to superfast broadband.
People living in St Kew, Trequite and other parts of the parish have been told that they are unable to access the service provided by the Superfast Cornwall programme.
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is backing the residents.
Trequite residents Alex and Bella Nicholas have started a petition calling on Superfast Cornwall to bring fibre broadband to the area to help local residents and businesses who are keen to make the most of the benefits of better internet.
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Mrs Nicholas said: "Our current broadband service is frustratingly slow. My children are making increasing use of the internet to complete homework tasks and I am busy running my own business from home.
"For us all to be productive and be online at the same time we need a faster connection to the internet.
"If our small but beautiful area is left outside the fibre footprint we will all be at a significant disadvantage to other more urban areas.
"This would be a great shame and I think it would reduce the capacity for life and learning in this small rural community," she said.
The Superfast Cornwall programme is funded by the European Union, Cornwall Council and BT, and aims to bring fibre-based superfast broadband to at least 80 per cent of the Duchy of Cornwall in order to help local businesses and households.
Mr Rogerson said: "I have been campaigning to make sure that as many rural communities as possible in North Cornwall are able to access decent broadband so that residents and businesses aren't held back because of a rural location.
"At a national level, the Government has made funding available for rural broadband projects, but it is up to the local delivery body, Superfast Cornwall, to deliver broadband upgrades locally.
"I am still working with Superfast Cornwall to look at bringing both fibre and alternative technologies to broadband 'not-spots' and will raise the concerns of residents in St Kew and Trequite as part of my efforts to make sure that all parts of our area have a 21st-century internet service."