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The decision to grant EU funding to Cornwall's super-fast broadband delivery project is a major bonus for consumers in the south-west of England, it has been claimed.

Clodagh Murphy, Director at Exeter-based Eclipse Internet, said that by supporting BT's fibre rollout plans, the EU would ensure than 80 to 90 per cent of Cornish businesses will have access to super-fast broadband by 2014.

She claimed that Eclipse customers, who currently benefit from fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband, are in a "prime position" to benefit from the news.

"Starting as a small business in the south-west just 15 years ago, we are very aware of the demands on small businesses - they need access to efficient and fast internet connections for sustaining and growing their businesses," Ms Murphy stated.

"This [broadband] news is very exciting for our customers as it will bring new commerce opportunities to the region."

Earlier this year, Eclipse Internet was awarded the Best Customer Focus prize at the Best Business Awards 2010, recognising its commitment to service excellence. 

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