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Residents in some parts of Cornwall are set to gain access to super-fast broadband three months early, it has been revealed.

Nine communities, including Launceston and Bude in the north-east of the county, are to be hooked up to BT's new fibre network by the end of 2011.

By the end of March 2012 – the original launch date - around 90,000 Cornish homes and businesses will be able to take advantage of super-fast fibre broadband.

Jon Reynolds, BT's South-West Regional Director, said super-fast Cornwall is "an excellent example" to other parts of the UK of the private and public sectors working together to achieve great results.

"Over the coming months, this first major phase of the roll-out will make super-fast broadband available to a further 700 Cornish homes and businesses each day," he noted.

The project has been part-funded by BT, which is currently in the process of investing £2.5 billion into super-fast broadband across the UK.

But the project has also been supported by £53.5 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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