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The first communities to benefit from Cornwall's public/private high-speed broadband rollout have been announced.

BT will provide access to improved web services in Leedstown, Chiverton Cross, St Agnes, Portreath, St Day, Devoran, Stenalees and Par.

The total cost of the Cornwall initiative – which is geared at providing access to high-speed broadband in remote areas – will be £132 million, although £53.3 million in public funding has been secure from the EU.

Led by the Cornwall Development Company and supported by BT, the project is focused initially on the south-east of the county.

Jon Reynolds, South-West Regional Director at the internet service provider, said it was "excellent news" that the first Cornish businesses and homes will have access to super-fast broadband at such an early stage.

"This is a transformational project, which will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area," he stated.

"It will play a major role in creating a more prosperous Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion in capital upgrading local telephone exchanges across the UK to support next-generation broadband.  

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