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Two Cornish villages have become the first in the county to be hooked up to the UK's super-fast broadband network, it has been revealed.

Businesses and households in Chacewater and Blackwater near Truro are now able to access the same download speeds as broadband users based in the UK's major cities.

BT has delivered fibre broadband to the communities as part of its ongoing £78 million investment in Cornwall's internet infrastructure.

Last autumn, the internet service provider announced plans to provide 90 per cent fibre broadband coverage across the county by 2014.

The remaining premises - which will not receive fibre-optic links - are set to benefit from enhanced wireless and satellite broadband connections as an alternative, BT said.

Some £53 million has also been obtained from the European Regional Development Fund for the completion of the Cornwall project – the largest single grant of its kind ever made by the EU.

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