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The rollout of super-fast broadband is continuing apace in Cornwall, one of the UK's most rural counties.

A quarter of all Cornish homes and businesses - around 66,000 premises - have now gained access to fibre broadband as part of the £132 million project.

BT, which is carrying out the infrastructure upgrade, has pledged to deliver fibre broadband services to at least four-fifths of the county by 2014.

Areas of Newquay, Penzance, Torpoint and Lostwithiel have been the most recent to gain access to super-fast broadband services.

BT's Super-fast Cornwall Director Ranulf Scarborough commented that "great progress" is being made in the project, which has been part-funded by the European Union.

"The fact that we have just brought super-fast fibre broadband to communities as far afield as Penzance in the far west, Torpoint in the east and Newquay in the north helps demonstrate the scale and breadth of the roll-out," he stated.

"We are well on course to reaching 100,000 premises during the spring."

BT is currently in the process of investing £2.5 billion upgrading its network of UK telephone exchanges to support the rollout of fibre broadband services.

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